PREVALENCE OF PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS IN CLOSE CONTACTS OF DIAGNOSED CASES OF PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS

Muhammad Aurangzeb, Muhammad Masroor, Iftikhar Ahmed, Rana Qamar, Abdul Sattar, K H Imran, Masood Hmeed Khan

Abstract


Objective: To find out the frequency of pulmonary tuberculosis in close contacts of diagnosed cases of pulmonary tuberculosis whether smear -ve or smear +ve pulmonary tuberculosis
Setting: The study was conducted in Civil Hospital Karachi, Lyari General Hospital Karachi and OJHA Institute of Chest Diseases during a period of 3 months from July 2001 to September 2001.
Methods: Close contacts personal data and demographic were noted. A detailed relevant history was taken. On completion of history, general physical and systemic examination was done. Finally all relevant investigation including blood CP/ESR, Mantoux test ( M.T), x-ray chest, PA view/Lordo-tic view if needed and sputum for AFB smear examination were performed and recorded on stan-dard proforma.
Contacts were divided into two groups: (i) Contacts of smear +ve patients (ii) Contacts of smear -ve patients
The data were statistically analyzed on SPSS version 10.0 for Windows and Fishers Exact Test was applied.


Keywords


Tuberculosis; Contact; Smear Positive; Smear Negative.

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