Tuberculosis Patients Who Are A Potential Source for Unprotected Exposure in Health Care Systems: A Multicenter Case Control Study

Jose Cadena, Norys A. Castro-Pena, Heta Javeri, Brian Hernandez, Joel Michalek, Ana Fuentes Arzola, Miloni Shroff, Chetan Jinadatha, Gustavo Valero, Jason Bowling, Jean Przykucki, Michele Adams, James Jorgensen, Jan E. Patterson, Pranavi Sreeramoju

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Setting: Five health care systems in Texas. Objective: To describe the epidemiology of inadequate isolation for pulmonary tuberculosis leading to tuberculosis (TB) exposures from confirmed TB patients and the patient factors that led to the exposures. Design: A retrospective cohort and case-control study of adult patients with TB resulting in exposures (cases) vs those TB patients who did not result in exposures (controls) during January 2005 to December 2012. Results: There were 335 patients with pulmonary TB disease, 199 cases and 136 controls. There was no difference between groups in age (46 ± 14.6 vs 45 ± 17 years; P >. 05), race, or substance abuse. Cases were more likely to be transplant recipients (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 18.90; 95% CI, 1.9-187.76), have typical TB chest radiograph (AOR, 2.23; 95% CI, 1.1-4.51), and have positive acid-fast bacilli stains (AOR, 2.36; 95% CI, 1.31-4.27). Cases were less likely to have extrapulmonary disease (AOR, 0.47; 95% CI, 0.24-0.95). Conclusions: TB exposure resulting from inadequate isolation is frequent in health care settings. Extrapulmonary involvement resulted in earlier airborne isolation. Being a transplant recipient, having chest radiograph findings typical for TB, and sputum positivity acid-fast bacilli upon staining were associated with increased risk of inadequate isolation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberofx201
JournalOpen Forum Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2017


  • exposure
  • infection control
  • pulmonary tuberculosis
  • safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Oncology


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