Short course treatment for MDR TB: jumping the gun?
Multidrug-resistant (MDR)-TB is threatening TB control worldwide. The conventional treatment lasts 20–24 months, is often toxic and half of the treated patients have poor outcomes. WHO has recently recommended a shorter regimen with treatment duration of 9–12 months, aiming for higher effectiveness, tolerability, adherence and completion rates.
In Thorax, Yanina Balabanova and colleagues assessed the proportion of adult smear-positive pulmonary MDR-TB cases who might have been eligible for the shorter regimen. The patients were initially recruited in 2007 and 2009 and followed up till 2012 in four eastern European countries, who participated in the European Union-funded...
Publisher URL: http://thorax.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/72/9/773
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