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A multi-institutional outbreak of highly drug- resistant tuberculosis: epidemiology and clinical outcomes order nitroglycerin 2.5 mg without prescription. A randomized buy discount nitroglycerin 6.5 mg line, placebo-controlled study of rifabutin added to a regimen of clarithromycin and ethambutol for treatment of dissemi- nated infection with Mycobacterium avium complex discount 2.5 mg nitroglycerin free shipping. Prophylaxis against disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex with weekly azithromycin, daily rifabutin, or both. Life-threatening cutaneous reactions to thiacetazone-containing antituberculosis treatment in Kumasi, Ghana. Declining morbidity and mortality among patients with advanced human immunodeficiency virus infection. Nosocomial transmission of multidrug- resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis: a risk to patients and health care workers. A randomized trial of clarithromycin as prophylaxis against disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex infection in patients with advanced acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Effect of katG mutations on the virulence of Myco- bacterium tuberculosis and the implication for transmission in humans. Nosocomial spread of human immunodefi- ciency virus-related multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Buenos Aires. High rate of tuberculosis reinfection during a nosocomial outbreak of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium bovis strain B. Molecular epidemiology of multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium bovis isolates with the same spoligotyping profile as isolates from ani- mals. Clinical characteristics and comparison with cryptococcal meningitis in patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection. Detection of rifampicin resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates from diverse countries by a commer- cial line probe assay as an initial indicator of multidrug resistance. Public health impact of isoniazid-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains with a mutation at amino-acid position 315 of katG: a decade of experience in The Netherlands. Molecular epidemiology of tuberculosis in the Netherlands: a na- tionwide study from 1993 through 1997. A trial of three regimens to prevent tuberculo- sis in Ugandan adults infected with the human immunodeficiency virus. The study demonstrated that combined therapy was more effective and resulted in the first multidrug antituberculosis treatment that consisted of a long course of both drugs. Soon after the introduction of the first anti-mycobacterial drugs, drug resistant bacilli started to emerge, but the launch of both combination therapy and new and more effective drugs seemed to be enough to control the disease. Since 1970, no new drug has been discovered for antituberculosis treatment, which today seems insufficient to confront the disease. Fortunately, research efforts have been accomplished and today there is a wide range of new molecules with promis- ing antituberculosis activity. In the final part of this chapter we review the main new antimycobacterial drugs that are being devel- oped as candidates to be incorporated in the arsenal of anti-tuberculosis drugs. First, there is a need to rapidly kill those bacilli living extracellularly in lung cavities, which are metabolically active and are dividing continuously; this is required in order to attain the negativization of sputum and therefore to prevent further transmission of the disease. Overview of existing treatment schemes 595 be considered among the first-line drugs, and in the near future, it is quite likely that some fluoroquinolones could be incorporated into the standard anti- tuberculosis treatment, thus being considered as first-line drugs. The current short-course treatment for the complete elimination of active and dor- mant bacilli involves two phases: • initial phase: three or more drugs (usually isoniazid, rifampicin, pyrazina- mide and ethambutol or streptomycin) are used for two months, and allow a rapid killing of actively dividing bacteria, resulting in the negativization of sputum • continuation phase: fewer drugs (usually isoniazid and rifampicin) are used for 4 to 7 months, aimed at killing any remaining or dormant bacilli and preventing recurrence 18. For standard re- gimes, first-line drugs should be used at the doses summarized in Table 18-1 (data from Martindale 2004, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2003a). The doses and periodicity of second-line drugs and other drugs are given in Table 18-2 (Centers for Disease Control and Preven- tion 2003a). Overview of existing treatment schemes 597 Table 18-2: Recommended doses for second-line anti-tuberculosis drugs Drug Adults or Dose (max. Treatment regimens There are many different anti-tuberculosis regimens described in the literature, mostly matching the premises, indications and doses indicated in the sections above (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2003a, World Health Organization 2003). In general, the duration of the continuation phase must be estimated once the first two months of treatment (initial phase) have been completed. If the patient had cavitations on initial chest radiography and cultures are still positive after two months of treatment, the continuation phase should be extended to 31 weeks (seven months). When drug resistance develops, patients should be treated with a new combination containing at least three drugs that they had never received before (or that do not show cross-resistance with those to which resistance is suspected).

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