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Bronchoscopic study on aetiology of chronic cough in HIV-infected adults with negative sputum smears for mycobacterium tuberculosis at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi

AM Siika, JM Chakaya, G Revathi, SS Mohamed, KM Bhatt

Abstract


Objective: To establish the aetiology of chronic cough in HIV-infected patients with negative sputum smears for Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB).

Design: A cross-sectional descriptive study.

Setting: Kenyatta National Hospital, a tertiary referral centre in Kenya.

Subjects: Sixty five HIV-infected adults presenting with chronic cough and negative sputum smears for AFBs.

Results: Sixty-two patients were included in the final analysis. Aetiology of chronic cough was established in 42 (68%) patients. Pneumocystis jiroveci, bacterial pneumonia and Mycobacterium tuberculosis were diagnosed in 22 (35.5%), 17 (27.4%) and 14 (22.5%) patients respectively. Majority (98%) of patients with a diagnosis had multiple causes established in them. Ciprofloxacin had activity against 91% of the isolated organisms while Penicillin was active against 35% only.

Conclusion: This study documents Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia as a common cause of morbidity in a subset of HIV infected patients with chronic cough and negative sputum smears for AFB in Kenya.

East African Medical Journal Vol. 83(6) 2006: 295-305



http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/eamj.v83i6.9436
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