First Things First (assess & treat for the following)

  • Risks for TB are defined based on social, economic, and medical factors.
  • 80% of patients manifest TB as pulmonary disease, though disease can occur anywhere in the body.
  • If TB is suspected or confirmed, 4 drugs are used initially until the mycobacterial susceptibilities are known.
  • Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and extended drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) have emerged and have complicated treatment strategies.

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Last updated: May 16, 2010