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Factors associated with unfavorable evolution of tuberculosis in HIV infected persons

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BMC Infectious Diseases201313 (Suppl 1) :P16

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  • Tuberculosis
  • Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
  • Opportunistic Infection
  • Positive Smear
  • Severe Immunosuppression


Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most common opportunistic infections in HIV-infected patients, with severe evolutive potential.

We evaluated the prevalence and the clinical aspects of TB in HIV-infected persons in order to identify factors associated with unfavorable evolution of TB.


We performed an observational, retrospective study (01 January 2009 – 31 December 2011) on 387 HIV-infected patients in evidence at the HIV/AIDS Craiova Regional Center. We analyzed the epidemiological, clinical and paraclinical data (smears and cultures for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, immunovirological evaluation) for patients who presented at least 2 times per year at the regional center.


During the studied period 59 patients (15.3%) presented TB (9 cases simultaneously diagnosed with HIV and TB). General data on the study group: average age at the moment of TB diagnosis: 25.5±7.4 years; equal gender distribution: male/female 30/29; rural/urban 40/19 (67.8/32.2%); average CD4 count 3 months before TB diagnosis: 179±204 cells/cmm; average viral load: 5.09±5.3 log10. TB was: pulmonary: 46 cases (77.9%), extrapulmonary 8 (13.6%), multiple locations 5 (8.5%). 19 cases (32.2%) were bacteriologically confirmed (positive smears and/or positive cultures). 53 patients (89.8%) were under antiretroviral treatment, with a very good adherence in 19 patients (32.2%). Other opportunistic infections apart from TB were recorded in 28 patients (47.4%). 29 patients (49.2%) had favorable outcome, complication or relapse occurred in 10 cases (16.9%) and 20 patients (33.9%) died. Factors associated with unfavorable evolution were: delay in the introduction of anti-TB treatment more than 30 days from the first symptom (p=0.001); the presence of other opportunistic infections apart from TB (p=0.0001), low adherence to treatment (p=0.0001). Death was associated with extrapulmonary/multiple location of TB (p=0.005) and average CD4<100 cells/cmm (p=0.002).


Tuberculosis is common in patients infected with HIV, the unfavorable evolution being associated with severe immunosuppression, extrapulmonary TB location, poor adherence and delay in the introduction of anti-TB treatment.

Authors’ Affiliations

University of Medicine and Pharmacy Craiova, Romania
“Victor Babeş” Clinical Hospital of Infectious Diseases and Pneumology, Craiova, Romania