Table 1

Baseline characteristics of smear-negative PTB suspects (n = 205)
Characteristics Frequency Percentage
Socio-demographics
 Females 105 51.2
 Never smoked 140 68.2
 Smoked 65 31.8
Clinical parameters as reported by patients
 Cough (>2 weeks) 205 100
 Fever and/or night sweats 193 94.1
 Weight loss 191 93.2
 Wheezing 42 20.5
 Difficulty in breathing 130 63.4
 Blood in sputum 57 30.1
 Antibiotic exposure in previous 2 weeks 84 41.0
Clinical examination (physical)
Body temperature (°C)*
 <37.5 113 57.4
 ≥37.5 84 42.6
 ≤20 45 23.6
 >20 146 76.4
Oxygen saturation (% measured by a pulseoximeter)*
 ≤90 47 23.1
 >90 156 76.9
Pulse rate, beats/min (measured by a pulseoximeter)
 Median rate (percentile range) 106 (88 to119)
Lung examination
 Normal (clear chest) 49 23.9
 Abnormal (Rhonchi, crepitation, bronchial breathing, absent breath sounds) 156 76.1
HIV status
 Positive 176 85.9
 Negative 29 14.1
CD4 Cell Count* (cell/ml)
 ≤ 200 127 76
 >200 40 24

*Some measurements missing.

Nakiyingi et al.

Nakiyingi et al. BMC Research Notes 2012 5:487   doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-487

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