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JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes:
Epidemiology and Social Science

Factors That Complicate the Treatment of Tuberculosis in HIV-Infected Patients

Dworkin, Mark S MD, MPH&TM, FACP*; Adams, Michael R*; Cohn, David L MD†; Davidson, Arthur J MD†; Buskin, Susan PhD, MPH‡; Horwitch, Carrie MD, MPH‡; Morse, Anne BS§; Sackoff, Judy PhD∥; Thompson, Melanie MD¶; Wotring, Linda PhD#; McCombs, Scott B MPH*; Jones, Jeffrey L MD, MPH**

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Treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in persons coinfected with HIV has become increasingly complex during the past decade. We describe the factors that complicate anti-TB therapy in a large observational cohort of HIV-infected persons in the United States. Among 367 HIV-infected patients with 372 episodes of culture-confirmed TB, 44.1% had injection drug use as a mode of HIV transmission. Hepatic disease was present at the time of TB diagnosis or during anti-TB therapy for 91 episodes (24.5%). Elevation at least twice the upper limits of normal of aminotransaminases was observed during the first month of anti-TB therapy in 116 (31.2%) of the episodes. The most commonly reported adverse effects occurring during therapy were rash (27.8%), nausea (26.2%), leukopenia or neutropenia (20.2%), diarrhea (19.3%), vomiting (18.5%), and elevated temperature (>101.5°F [38.6°C], 16.9%). Prescription of a rifamycin and a medication known to interact with rifamycins occurred during 270 (72.6%) episodes. Because HIV-infected patients with TB often have underlying complicating conditions, such as hepatic disease, and are treated with medications that may have toxicities and cause drug-drug interactions, we recommend that clinicians pay careful attention to these factors when treating coinfected patients.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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