Mortality in the first six months among HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients empirically treated for tuberculosis.
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JournalBMC infectious diseases
AbstractEmpirical treatment of tuberculosis (TB) may be necessary in patients with negative or no Xpert MTB/RIF results. In a context with access to Xpert, we assessed mortality in the 6 months after the initial TB consultation among HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients who received empirical TB treatment or TB treatment based on bacteriological confirmation and we compared it with the mortality among those who did not receive TB treatment.