The influence of HIV infection on clinical presentation, response to treatment and outcome in adults with tuberculous meningitis

Guy E. Thwaites, Nguyen Duc Bang, Nguyen Huy Dung, Hoang Thi Quy, Do Thi Tuong Oanh, Nguyen Thi Cam Thoa, Nguyen Quang Hien, Nguyen Tri Thuc, Nguyen Ngoc Hai, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan, Nguyen Ngoc Lan, Nguyen Hong Duc, Vu Ngoc Tuan, Cao Huu Hiep, Tran Thi Hong Chau, Pham Phuong Mai, Nguyen Thi Dung, Kasia Stepniewska, Cameron P. Simmons, Nicholas J. WhiteTran Tinh Hien, Jeremy J. Farrar

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    Background. Tuberculous meningitis occurs more commonly in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals than in HIV-uninfected individuals, but whether HIV infection alters the presentation and outcome of tuberculous meningitis is unknown. Methods. We performed a prospective comparison of the presenting clinical features and response to treatment in 528 adults treated consecutively for tuberculous meningitis (96 were infected with HIV and 432 were uninfected with HIV) in 2 tertiary-care referral hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Logistic regression was used to model variables associated independently with HIV infection, 9-month survival, and the likelihood of having a relapse or an adverse drug event. Kaplan-Meier estimates were used to compare survival rates and times to fever clearance, coma clearance, relapse, and adverse events. Results. HIV infection did not alter the neurological presentation of tuberculous meningitis, although additional extrapulmonary tuberculosis was more likely to occur in HIV-infected patients. The 9-month survival rate was significantly decreased in HIV-infected patients (relative risk of death from any cause, 2.91 [95% confidence interval, 2.14-3.96]; P < .001), although the times to fever clearance and coma clearance and the number or timing of relapses or adverse drug events were not significantly different between the groups. Conclusions. HIV infection does not alter the neurological features of tuberculous meningitis but significantly reduces the survival rate.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2134-2141
    Number of pages8
    JournalThe Journal of Infectious Diseases
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2005

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