Tuberculosis in patients on hemodialysis

Z. Leventhal, U. Gafter, D. Zevin, H. Turani, J. Levi

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Six of 102 patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who underwent hemodialysis treatment from 1972 to 1980 developed active tuberculosis (TB). Three of the six patients were Jemenite Jews appear to be especially at risk among Israeli dialysis patients. Fever of unknown origin was the most frequent presenting symptom. In four patients, previous TB of the lungs was documented. These data support the view of reactivation of dormant TB as the main pathogenetic pathway for the development of the active disease. Two patients died, whereas four recovered on triple therapy with isoniazid, rifampicin and ethambutol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-247
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes


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