Data from: Characteristics of patients with smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in a region with high TB and HIV prevalence

Leandro C. Campos, Marcus V. V. Rocha, Denise Maria Cunha Willers, Denise Rossato Silva & Marcos Vinícius Vieira Rocha
Introduction: Smear-negative pulmonary TB (SNPT) represents 30–60% of all pulmonary TB cases. The mortality of these patients can reach 25% in populations with high prevalence of HIV infection, and 10–20% of TB transmission at the population level are attributable to SNPT cases. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate epidemiological, clinical, and radiological characteristics of patients with SNPT and to compare these with patients who were diagnosed as having smear-positive pulmonary TB (SPPT). All...
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