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Original Articles

IMAJ | volume

Journal 12, December 2007
pages: 870-873

Mortality of Patients Hospitalized for Active Tuberculosis in Israel


    Background: Pulmonary tuberculosis continues to be a major cause of mortality, particularly in developing countries. Despite modern anti-TB[1] treatment, the elderly and immigrants from TB-endemic countries are at risk. Multidrug resistance has yet to be resolved..

    Objectives: To determine the mortality rate and predictors of mortality among patients hospitalized with TB in Israel.

    Methods: We evaluated the medical records of 461 patients with active pulmonary TB who were hospitalized in the department of respiratory care during the 5 year period 2000–2004. Data included demographic, clinical, laboratory and radiological findings, drug resistance as well as adverse reactions to anti-TB treatment.

    Results:| Three main ethno-geographic groups were observed: 253 patients from the former USSR, 130 from Ethiopia, and 54 of Israeli origin (as well as 24 residents of other countries). Of the 461 patients 65 patients (13%) died in hospital. The factors that were best predictors of mortality were older age, ischemic heart disease, cachexia, prior corticosteroid treatment, hypoalbuminemia and pleural effusion (P < 0.005 for all). The ethno-geographic factor and the presence of multidrug-resistant bacteria had no significant effect on mortality in our study group.

    Conclusions: The mortality rate in our study was relatively low, and there was no significant difference between the three ethno-geographic groups.


    [1] TB = tuberculosis

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