First-line antituberculosis drug resistance prevalence and its pattern among HIV-infected patients in the national referral tuberculosis centre, Iran

Mycobacteriology Research Center, National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Masih Daneshvari Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
International Journal of STD & AIDS (Impact Factor: 1.05). 09/2009; 20(8):566-70. DOI: 10.1258/ijsa.2008.008379
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The objective of this study was to determine the drug resistance prevalence and its pattern among tuberculosis (TB)-HIV patients in Iran. In this retrospective study, all admitted TB/HIV patients presenting to our tertiary centre during 2005-2007 were considered. After confirmation for TB-HIV, first-line DST was performed for culture-positive patients. The drug resistance patterns and the treatment outcomes were analysed. Of the total 92 TB/HIV patients, 27 were culture negative, and DST were available in 65. Intravenous drug abuse was seen in 59 (90.8%). Thirty-seven (57%) were 'sensitive' cases and 28 (43%) were 'any drug resistance' cases. Twenty-one (32.3%) were mono-drug, three (4.6%) poly-drug and four (6.1%) were multidrug-resistant TB patients. Previous anti-TB medication was significantly associated with any drug resistance (P = 0.041; 95% confidence interval =0.086-0.984); however, having any drug resistance did not affect the treatment outcome (P = 0.56). Streptomycin showed the highest resistance rate (27%) followed by isoniazid (20%), pyrazinamide (9.8%), rifampin (9.2%) and ethambutol (3%). Drug resistance to antitubercular agents in TB-HIV co-infected patients in Iran is high compared with other reports. Drug resistance is higher among those who have had prior anti-TB medication.

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