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Table 1 Main characteristics of the patients with a “confirmed” diagnosis of TB, according to the notification or not of TB diagnosis to the Hygiene Office (IIDS database)

From: Evaluation of underreporting tuberculosis in Central Italy by means of record linkage

  Reported TB Not-reported TB p
No. 213 80  
Age, mean (SD) 49.27 (19.9) 54,9 (18.99) 0.032
Sex, F/M 86/127 31/49 0.064
Immigrants/Italians 80/133 27/53 ns
Pulmonary/Extrapulmonary 165/48 49/31  
TB localization  
Cavitary Y/N 67/146 10/70 0.001
Smear: positive/negative 82/131 15/65 0.001
Sputum culture positive: Y/N 131/82 39/41 0.048
MDR pattern Y/N/n.a. 5/161/47 1/47/32 ns
Days in hospital, mean (SD) 31.76 (25.85) 29.31 (25.57) ns
  1. n.a. not available data.