Research Article

Management of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis (excluding miliary and meningeal) in south and west Wales (1976-8).

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 285 doi: (Published 07 August 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;285:415
  1. R D Monie,
  2. A M Hunter,
  3. K M Rocchiccioli,
  4. J P White,
  5. I A Campbell,
  6. G S Kilpatrick


    In a retrospective survey of the management of extrapulmonary tuberculosis lymph node and genitourinary tuberculosis were found more commonly than bone and joint or gynaecological disease. Only 29% of patients received 18 moths' chemotherapy while 31% received nine to 12 months' treatment with rifampicin and isoniazid regimens and 34% had short-course chemotherapy with other regimens. Five patients were not offered any chemotherapy after diagnosis, and in five patients the diagnosis was overlooked because of administrative errors. One patient died from tuberculosis (renal). Poor drug compliance appeared less of a problem than in pulmonary tuberculosis. Only 14% of patients had their disease managed solely by consultants who were not specialists in chest disease. Liaison with a chest consultant did not necessarily ensure chemotherapy for 18 moths.