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Table 1 Clinical characteristics of the tuberculosis patients used for the study

From: Genetic polymorphisms in TNFgenes and tuberculosis in North Indians

  PTB DTB LNTB
No. of patients 149 11 25
Age (years; ± SD) 32.50 ± 13.3 34.36 ± 12.9 29.12 ± 11.6
Sex (M:F) 0.37:0.63 0.27:0.73 0.76: 0.24
Sputum smear 129 0 0
Sputum culture 47 0 0
Lymph node FNAC ND 2 7
Lymph node biopsy ND 3 20
Pus smear ND 4 0
Pus culture ND 6 0
Positive TST response 79 8 17
Response to treatment 149 11 25
  1. Some patients in the PTB group had both smears and cultures positive while in the LNTB group, two patients had positive FNAC as well as biopsy positive. Similarly, in the DTB group 4 patients had both smear and cultures positive from the cold abscesses.
  2. DTB: disseminated tuberculosis; PTB: pulmonary tuberculosis; LNTB = lymph node tuberculosis; FNAC= fine needle aspiration cytology