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Pregnancy does not mean that patients with tuberculosis must stop treatment

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 08 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1286
  1. Graham Bothamley, Consultant respiratory physician,
  2. Will Elston, Specialist registrar
  1. East London Tuberculosis Service, Homerton Hospital, London E9 6SR

    EDITOR—We were disappointed that Rubin's review of drugs that could safely be taken in pregnancy did not mention drugs for tuberculosis.1 Adherence to successful treatment of tuberculosis is essential. In 1998 three patients with tuberculosis (of 114 such patients treated at Homerton Hospital) became pregnant; all three were advised by their general practitioner or midwife to stop their treatment, and two accepted a termination. In addition, two of 71 female patients receiving preventive treatment with isoniazid were advised …

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