This case series describes the clinical and laboratory profile of 15 patients with tuberculosis (TB) HIV coinfection admitted to a referral centre in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Most of the patients (13) were male; the mean age was 36.9 years. Intravenous drug use was the route of transmission for all males and heterosexual intercourse for the 2 females; 12 patients had a history of imprisonment. All patients had pulmonary TB; 13 were smear-positive and all except 1 had atypical radiological presentation. Drug-induced hepatitis occurred in 3 patients and 12 had hepatitis C coinfection. Five patients died. The mean CD4 count was 229.2 (SD 199.5) cells/mm3 and 78.6% had CD4 count < 350. TB may be an AIDS-defining illness in this country.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2008|
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