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Table 4 Laboratory findings, thoracic radiographic presentations and clinical course of 43 patients with TB-related death

From: Tuberculosis mortality: patient characteristics and causes

  Number (%)
Radiographic pattern  
   Pneumonia 31 (72)
   Miliary shadows 4 (9.3)
   Cavitary lesion 4 (9.3)
   No parenchymal lesion 4 (9.3)
Platelet (109/L) <140 16 (37.2)
Albumin (g/dL) <3.5 34 (79)
White blood cell (109/L) ≥9 13 (30.2)
Hemoglobin (g/dL) <10 15 (34.9)
No. (%) of samples that grew M. tuberculosis  
   Sputum 30(69.8)
   Pleural effusion 12(27.9)
   Blood 6(14)
   Ascites 4(9.3)
   Cerebrospinal fluid 3(7)
   Bone marrow 1(2.3)
   Urine 1(2.3)
   Stool 1(2.3)
   Joint pus 1(2.3)
Delay from first visit to ordering TB culture >3 days 17 (39.5)
Mortality within 14 days 14 (32.5)
Ante-mortem diagnosis 27 (62.8)
Postmortem diagnosis 16 (37.2)