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Table 2 First presenting symptoms of patients with sputum smear-negative TB

From: Fiberoptic bronchoscopy for the rapid diagnosis of smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis

Symptoms All suspects TB Non-TB P-value OR (95% CI)
  N = 126 N = 54 N = 72   
Cough, n (%) 70 (55.6) 34 (63.0) 36 (50.0) 0.147 1.70 (0.827–3.493)
Sputum, n (%) 42 (33.3) 18 (33.3) 24 (33.3) 1.000 1.00 (0.473–2.114)
Fever, n (%) 27 (21.4) 13 (24.1) 14 (19.4) 0.531 1.31 (0.559–3.087)
Hemoptysis, n (%) 31 (24.6) 7 (13.0) 24 (33.3) 0.009 0.30 (0.117–0.757)
Chest wall pain, n (%) 22 (17.5) 13 (24.1) 9 (12.5) 0.090 2.22 (0.870–5.662)
Weight loss, n (%) 4 (3.2) 3 (5.6) 1 (1.4) 0.313 4.18 (0.422–41.308)
  1. Definition of abbreviations: TB = tuberculosis, n = number, OR = odds ratio, 95% CI = 95% confidence interval.