An investigation of suspected exogenous reinfection in tuberculosis patients in Kampala, Uganda

Lisa K. Fitzpatrick, A. Okwera, R. Mugerwa, R. Ridzon, J. Ellner, I. Onorato

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Abstract

Exogenous reinfection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an important phenomenon that occurs with unknown frequency in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent persons. As previous investigations suggest that exogenous reinfection can occur in both of these populations, we reviewed data for 40 cases of suspected TB relapse in an attempt to determine the frequency of this phenomenon in patients treated at the TB Research Unit in Kampala, Uganda. Our findings suggest that while this entity can occur in immunocompetent persons, immunocompromised persons are probably at higher risk for exogenous reinfection with M. tuberculosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)550-552
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Volume6
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Exogenous reinfection
  • TB
  • TB relapse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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    Fitzpatrick, L. K., Okwera, A., Mugerwa, R., Ridzon, R., Ellner, J., & Onorato, I. (2002). An investigation of suspected exogenous reinfection in tuberculosis patients in Kampala, Uganda. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 6(6), 550-552.