Journal article

The pattern of tuberculosis in Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi: 1986-1995

AD Harries, C Parry, LN Mbewe, SM Graham, HM Daley, D Maher, FM Salaniponi, DS Nyangulu

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TUBERCULOSIS AND LUNG DISEASE | INT UNION AGAINST TUBERCULOSIS LUNG DISEASE (I U A T L D) | Published : 1997

Abstract

SETTING: Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), Blantyre, Malawi. OBJECTIVE: To determine the pattern of tuberculosis (TB) cases over a period of ten years. DESIGN: TB registers for QECH for the years 1986-1995 (January 1st to December 31st) were obtained and clinical information on the type of TB in each patient was recorded. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test results of adults with smear-positive pulmonary TB (PTB) and children with TB between 1993 and 1996 were recorded from case notes. RESULTS: There were 19,377 TB cases, 10,982 men and 8,395 women, registered over the ten-year period. Of these, 4,691 (24%) cases were in children aged 0-14 years and 11,890 (61%) cases were in adul..

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