Active case finding of tuberculosis (TB) in an emergency room in a region with high prevalence of TB in Brazil

Denise Rossato Silva, Alice Manica Müller, Karina Da Silva Tomasini, Paulo De Tarso Roth Dalcin, Jonathan E. Golub, Marcus Barreto Conde

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Setting: Public hospital emergency room (ER) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, a setting with high prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Objective: To determine the prevalence of PTB, using a symptom based active case finding (ACF) strategy in the ER of a public hospital in an area with high prevalence of TB and HIV, as well as variables associated with pulmonary TB diagnosis. Methods: Cross sectional study. All patients ≥18 years seeking care at the ER were screened for respiratory symptoms and those with cough ≥2 weeks were invited to provide a chest radiograph and two unsupervised samples of sputum for acidfast bacilli smear and culture. Results: Among 31,267 admissions, 6,273 (20.1%) reported respiratory symptoms; 197 reported cough ≥2 weeks, of which pulmonary TB was diagnosed in 30. In multivariate analysis, the variables associated with a pulmonary tuberculosis diagnosis were: Age (OR 0.94, 95% CI: 0.92-0.97; p<0.0001), sputum production (OR 0.18, 95% CI 0.06-0.56; p = 0.003), and radiographic findings typical of TB (OR 12.11, 95% CI 4.45-32.93; p<0.0001). Conclusions: This study identified a high prevalence of pulmonary TB among patients who sought care at the emergency department of a tertiary hospital, emphasizing the importance of regular screening of all comers for active TB in this setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere107576
JournalPloS one
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General


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