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Table 4 Clinical features and symptoms and total delay in pulmonary tuberculosis treatment. Recife, 2001–2003.

From: Risk factors for treatment delay in pulmonary tuberculosis in Recife, Brazil

  Total delay in treatment    
Clinical features and symptoms Unacceptable (> 60 days) Acceptable (≤ 60 days) Crude OR 95% CI P value
  N % N %    
Previous TB treatment        
   Yes 147 60.5 96 39.5 1.00 - -
   No 537 62.5 322 37.5 1.08 0.81 – 1.45 0.5666
   Total 684 - 418 - - - -
Productive cough        
   Yes 418 62.4 252 37.6 1.00 - -
   No 259 61.1 165 38.9 0.94 0.73 – 1.21 0.6655
   Total 686 - 419 - - - -
Haemoptysis        
   Yes 94 56.6 72 43.4 1.00 - -
   No 585 62.9 345 37.1 1.29 0.92 – 1.81 0.1256
   Total 679 - 417 - - - -
Loss of weight        
   Yes 451 59.6 306 40.4 1.00 - -
   No 225 68.8 102 31.2 1.49 1.13 – 1.97 0.0041
   Total 676 - 408 - - - -
HIV co-infection        0.6964
   Yes 219 63.8 124 36.2 1.00 - -
   No 18 64.3 10 35.7 0.98 0.43 – 2.19 0.9631
   Not known 449 61.3 284 38.7 0.87 0.39 – 1.92 0.7467
   Total 686 - 418 - - - -
Acid fast bacilli in sputum        
   Yes 477 64.1 267 35.9 1.00 - -
   No 102 63.4 59 36.6 0.96 0.67 – 1.37 0.8557
   Total 579 - 326 - - - -