Smoking shown to limit TB treatment success

Current smokers with pulmonary TB experience significantly worse treatment outcomes than smear positive non-smokers, researchers at the Taipei Medical University and Hospital have found.

The study included 245 cases with cultures positive for TB and 114 controls with non-TB-related pulmonary diseases and negative sputum cultures. Current smokers had the highest failure rate (33%) for TB treatment, took longer to be found smear negative, and had the most severe pulmonary lesions based on chest X-ray grading.

The authors concluded that longer periods of treatment may be required for TB patients who are current smokers.

Access the full article

Comments are closed.