Table 5

Treatment outcomes and adverse drug reactions in older and younger tuberculosis patients
Characteristics Older Younger p-value
Treatment outcomes in pulmonary TB n = 173 n = 222
Favorable 167 (97) 208 (94) 0.251
Unfavorable 6 (3) 14 (6)
Adverse drug reactions in all patients n = 199 n = 271
 Hepatotocixity* 6 (3) 13 (5) 0.338
 Skin rash or itching 15 (8) 25 (9) 0.642
 Gastrointestinal† problems 20 (10) 10 (4) 0.009
 Optic neuropathy 2 (1) 8 (3) 0.265
 Thrombocytopenia 2 (1) 2 (1) 1.0

The data are presented as n (%).

If there are more than one side effects for one patients, all side effects were recorded.

*: Hepatotoxicity was defined when liver transaminase levels exceeded 120 IU/L.

†:Gastrointestinal problems were problems of gastrointestinal tract for example nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and dyspepsia etc.

Kwon et al.

Kwon et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:121   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-13-121

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