Chronic infections: pulmonary tuberculosis

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Chronic infections: pulmonary tuberculosis

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This chapter examines the treatment and management of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in the context of palliative care. It explains that pulmonary TB is an important cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide and that some of the important factors in the failure to control this disease are multidrug resistance and HIV infection. The chapter suggests that a holistic patient and family approach is needed to support pulmonary TB patients through antituberculosis therapy.

Keywords: pulmonary tuberculosis; palliative care; multidrug resistance; HIV infection; antituberculosis therapy; disease management; mortality; morbidity

Chapter.  4514 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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