Raunak Parikh

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BACKGROUND Sputum smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis patients expel infectious viable bacilli for a period following commencement of treatment. Patients on Directly Observed Treatment Shortcourse (DOTS) receive intermittent therapy with multidrug regimen. AIMS To determine the time to sputum smear and culture conversion following initiation of DOTS(More)
BACKGROUND Patients receiving DOTS undergo periodic follow-up sputum examination, which aids in monitoring response to treatment. Continued or new smear positivity at follow up examination entails extension of intensive phase or change in treatment category and the need for culture and drug susceptibility test. SETTING Tuberculosis microscopy centre at a(More)
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