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Table 3 Comparison of TB culture positive and culture negative patients

From: A retrospective review of a tertiary Hospital’s isolation and de-isolation policy for suspected pulmonary tuberculosis

  Positive TB Culture (N = 20) Negative TB Culture (N = 101) p-value
Mean Age - yr 58.4 60.9 0.525
Symptomatic* - no. (%) 19 (95) 89 (88.1) 0.692
Median symptom duration - days 21 14 0.634
CXR suggestive of active TB - no. (%) 5 (25) 10 (10) 0.129
Mean length of hospitalization - days 18.4 11.6 0.057
Mean cost of stay in isolation ward - USD 2624 1727 <0.01
  1. CXR = chest radiograph, TB = tuberculosis.
  2. *includes cough, fever, anorexia, loss of weight, dyspnea and hemoptysis.