Aus outcomes 'excellent' for multidrug-resistant TB

But respiratory physicians warn that adverse events are frequent and close monitoring of patients is essential

Individualised therapy for patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis results in a high rate of treatment completion, Sydney doctors have found after a retrospective study.

Chest X-ray of a person with TB

However, among the cohort of 55 patients seen consecutively over 17 years, each experienced at least one adverse event, with ototoxicity the most common.

Only 2% of cases of TB in Australia are multidrug-resistant, and these patients undergo therapy tailored to the drug

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