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Although intermittent, three-times-weekly therapy is recommended for the initial treatment of noncavitary nodular bronchiectatic Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) lung disease, supporting data are limited.
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This case report try to point out the importance of early diagnosis, and an appropriate treatment in multifocal tuberculosis including a testicular localization. A 25 year-old male with a past history of tuberculosis contact and untreated chronic cough with haemoptysis is admitted in our in-patient clinic. Eighteen months earlier, he presented a long course fever, with lumbar pain. Thereafter, the patient condition worsened as he lost weight and developed an enlargement of the right testicle with an scrotal abscess fistulous and a meningo-encephalitis clinical presentation. The bacilloscopy performed on gastric specimen and scrotal caseous was negative. The cerebrospinal fluid was clear and showed a mixed formula with 370 cells including 50% of lymphocytes, an elevated albumin (0.70g/l) and low glucose (0.10g/l) . Sterile pus was detected in urine. The tuberculosis skin test was positive. In addition to the clinical and epidemiological context, the radiological findings (chest and spine X-ray, testicular ultrasonography, cerebral CT Scan) were consistent with multifocal tuberculosis infection with lung miliary, epididymal-orchitis, and brain tuberculomas. The patient was treated successfully using a two-step protocol: two-month treatment with isoniazid, rifampicin, ethambutol and pyrazinamid altogether; followed by a seven-month regimen with isoniazid and rifampicin. Nevertheless,the patient is likely to develop static trouble and infertility because of the spine sequela and testicle atrophy he presented.
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At pH 5.8, lipophilic drugs (rifampin, rifapentine, bedaquiline, PA-824, clofazimine, nitazoxanide: logP⩾2.14) reduced CFU of all cells (H12, H19, and A5) by ⩾2log10. Among hydrophilic drugs (isoniazid, pyrazinamide, ethambutol, amikacin, moxifloxacin, metronidazole: logP⩽0.01), none reduced H12 and H19 CFUs by ⩾2log10, with the exception of metronidazole. When Mtb was grown at different pHs the following Mtb growth was noted: at pH 6.6, AR cells grew fluently while NR cells grew less, with a CFU increase up to Day 15, followed by a drop to Day 40. AR and NR Mtb grown at pH 7.0, 7.4, and 7.6 showed up to 1 log10 CFU lower than their growth at pH 6.6. The pHs of all AR cultures tended to reach pH 7.2-7.4 on Day 40. The pHs of all NR cultures remained stable at their initial values (6.6, 7.0, 7.4, and 7.6) up to Day 40. The activity of drugs against H12 and H19 cells was tested in hypoxic conditions at a slightly alkaline pH. Under these conditions, some lipophilic drugs were more active (>5 log CFU decrease after 21days of exposure) against H12 and H19 cells than clofazimine, nitazoxanide, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, amikacin (<1 log CFU decrease after 21days of exposure). Testing of other drugs is in progress.
The accelerated nitrate reductase method (NRM) developed at the Central Research Institute of Tuberculosis versus the automatic assay of drug sensitivity by means of a BACTEC 960 bacteriological analyzer was assessed. NRM was carried out, by using the Lówenstein-Jensen medium for 10 days. It is based on the detection of alive Mycobacteria tuberculosis, by recording their enzymatic activity. The study showed a good agreement of the results obtained by NRM with those obtained on a BACTEC 960 analyzer. Agreements were found for 52 isolates in 47 (90.4%) cases, the results disagreed in the testing of 5 (9.6%) cultures. The results of NRM were identical to those for 21 of the 22 cultures sensitive on a BACTEC 960 device; the coincidence was 95.5%. The sensitivity of NRM ranged from 88.2% (for rifampicin) to 96.3% (for isoniazid) and the specificity did from 96% (for isoniazid) to 100% (for streptomycin, rifampicin, and ethambutol). The positive prognostic value of NRM was 100% (for streptomycin, rifampicin, and ethambutol) and 96.3% (for isoniazid). The negative prognostic value of NRM ranged from 94.6 to 96.8% for individual drugs. The efficiency of NRM (a ratio of the number of correct results to the total number of results) was greater than 0.96, which suggests that this method and the BACTEC MGIT 960 AST technique may be regarded as rather comparable. The testing of NRM versus the automatic BACTEC MGIT 960 AST technique has indicated that the former may be successfully used to determine the sensitivity of Mycobacteria to the critical concentrations of first-line antituberculous agents.
Paradoxical reaction in tuberculosis treatment is not generally fatal. On rare occasion it can lead a patient with diminished lung function and poor general condition to death. A 60-year-old man with history of left upper lobe resection from tuberculosis was referred to our hospital due to the recurrence of tuberculosis. Sputum examination showed a positive smear with a Gaffky score of 10, and the chest X-ray and CT revealed pulmonary infiltrate with many cavities (bII2) on the whole left lung field. Anti-tuberculosis drugs (isoniazid, rifampicin, ethambutol and pyrazinamide) were administered, but his high fever persisted, and the infiltrate on the chest X-ray deteriorated. While the positive sputum smear persisted, the culture became negative after one month. The tuberculous bacilli were susceptible to all anti-tuberculosis drugs in vitro. Though we performed examinations and trial treatments for non-tuberculous conditions such as pneumonia and drug-induced pneumonia, the patient died after 6 months. A necropsy specimen taken from the worsening lesion (the right upper lobe) as shown on the chest X-ray revealed many epithelioid granulomas. The patient had malnutrition, diabetes, alcoholic hepatic disorder, and insanity. It is supposed that although antituberculosis drugs were effective, a large quantity of killed organisms was continuously excreted from many cavities in the left lung toward the right lung. Lesions in the right lung thus newly produced in this paradoxical reaction seemed to reduce the remaining lung function. In addition, poorly controlled diabetes caused deteriorated heart function. These multiple factors contributed to the poor prognosis of the patient and his ultimate death.
To describe the problems of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in an urban setting, with special emphasis on their potential impact on the treatment services provided by the National TB Control Programme.
The prevalence of pulmonary tuberculosis is increasing and is associated with a rise in skeletal tuberculosis. Even after appropriate anti-tuberculosis therapy, reactivation of the infection may occur, even after many years. In this case report we describe a patient who had a reactivation of tuberculosis in the knee after total knee arthroplasty. At the age of 14 years, the patient had isolated tuberculosis arthritis of the left knee. Reactivation occurred after total knee arthroplasty 61 years later, at the age of 75. The patient was treated with a combined therapy; first the joint was irrigated with povidine-iodine and saline solution, and gentamicin beads were left behind. When the cultures revealed Mycobacterium tuberculosis, drug therapy of isoniazid, rifampicin, ethambutol and pyrazinamide was started and was continued for 9 months postoperatively. At a recent follow-up, the patient is doing well, with good range of motion in the knee.
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The recently notified USP gradient HPLC method for quantitative determination of rifampicin, isoniazid and pyrazinamide in fixed dose combination (FDC) formulations was evaluated to determine its ability to resolve major degradation products of rifampicin, viz. 3-formylrifamycin SV, rifampicin N-oxide, 25-desacetyl rifampicin, rifampicin quinone, and the newly reported isonicotinyl hydrazone, an interaction product of 3-formylrifamycin and isoniazid. The first observation was that the requirements of theoretical plates listed in the given method were met for rifampicin, but not for isoniazid and pyrazinamide, even on columns of different makes. The resolving power of the method was also dependent upon make of the column. On two of the three columns of the three tested, it was able to resolve most degradation products, except rifampicin N-oxide and 25-desacetylrifampicin, which were overlapping. The method was modified and an overall satisfactory resolution for all components was obtained by changing the buffer: organic modifier ratio of solution B in the gradient from 45:55 to 55:45 and decreasing the flow rate from 1.5 to 1.0 ml/min, keeping all other conditions constant.
Mycobacterium kansasii is an acid-fast bacillus most commonly associated with pulmonary pathology. Infection of the spine is exceedingly rare, with just three reported cases, two of which were in human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients. This case report presents a case of vertebral osteomyelitis secondary to M. kansasii infection and reviews existing literature on this pathogen. The patient, a 37-year-old male with sarcoidosis, sustained a M. kansasii infection of the spine, resulting in vertebral osteomyelitis of L1 and L2 and discitis of the L1-L2 disc. This finding was confirmed by bone and intervertebral disc biopsy. Initially, the patient was thought to have a compression fracture of L2. However, the decision to perform a biopsy was made because of the patient's persistent febrile episodes and magnetic resonance imaging findings. The patient did not have any neurological deficits. He was successfully treated with antimicrobials, with no recurrent symptoms at 2-year follow-up. This case is the first reported case of a M. kansasii infection of the spine in a patient with sarcoidosis.
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Since the introduction of RMP and EMB in the treatment regimens from mid-1970s the incidence of tuberculosis and rate of primary drug resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs has not changed significantly (p > 0.05) when compared with the results of studies conducted previously (2, 3). However, it is recommended that regular surveillance of drug sensitivity pattern should be maintained to determine alternate drug regimes and to detect the spread of resistant strains in the community.
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The Category II regimen produced poor outcomes, whereas the Category I regimen achieved a treatment success rate of more than 85% among new patients with the same drug resistance patterns. The poor outcomes of the Category II regimen could be attributed to other factors such as patient behaviour and comorbidities, rather than drug resistance.