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Volume 15, Number 2—February 2009


Causes of Death in HIV-infected Persons Who Have Tuberculosis, Thailand

Kevin P. CainComments to Author , Thanomsak Anekthananon, Channawong Burapat, Somsak Akksilp, Wiroj Mankhatitham, Chawin Srinak, Sriprapa Nateniyom, Wanchai Sattayawuthipong, Theerawit Tasaneeyapan, and Jay K. Varma
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (K.P. Cain, J.K. Varma); Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand (T. Anekthananon); Thailand Ministry of Public Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Collaboration, Nonthaburi, Thaliand (C. Burapat, T. Tasaneeyapan, J.K. Varma); Thailand Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi (S. Nateniyom); Office of Disease Prevention and Control 7, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand (S. Akksilp); Bamrasnaradura Institute, Nonthaburi, Thailand (W. Mankhatitham); Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Bangkok (C. Srinak); Phuket Provincial Public Health Office, Phuket, Thailand (W. Sattayawuthipong)

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Table 1

Causes of death, stratified by level of certainty, for all enrolled patients who died, Thailand, 2005–2007*

Cause of death Level of certainty, no. (%) patients
Total no. (%) patients, N = 142
Probable or high, n = 74 Possible or uncertain, n = 68
TB 29 (39) 9 (13) 38 (27)
HIV-associated condition (not TB) 33 (45) 17 (25) 50 (35)
TB or HIV-associated equally likely 0 32 (47) 32 (23)
Not TB or HIV-associated 12 (16) 10 (15) 22 (15)

*TB, tuberculosis.

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