Tuberculosis in China

2014-08-27 03:15:48 | BioPortfolio



- In spite of well-researched treatments and therapies, 5 to 10 percent of tuberculosis (TB) patients who have initially successful TB treatments will relapse, usually within a year after completion of therapy. This percentage is even greater for patients who are infected with multi-drug resistant and extensively drug resistant types of TB. Because the People's Republic of China has the second highest number of TB cases in the world, researchers are interested in studying TB patients in China to evaluate their response to treatment on a long-term basis.


- To improve TB diagnosis and testing by determining the number and proportion of patients admitted with suspected TB who actually have TB (definite or probable).

- To assess the prevalence of non-tuberculosis bacteria among patients with presumed TB.


- Individuals between 18 and 65 years of age who have been admitted to Henan Provincial Chest Hospital with suspected tuberculosis.


- Participants will be divided into three groups, based on their diagnosis after admission. Another group of individuals who do not have TB will be enrolled as controls for comparison purposes during the study.

- The study will use computed tomography (CT) scans of the chest at initial enrollment, 2 months, and 6 months to evaluate disease response to treatment. Incidents of TB that are not in the chest area (extrapulmonary TB) will also be studied.

- The study will also monitor the treatments and therapies used against the disease, changes in patients' immune systems, and any changes in the biological samples taken over the course of treatment.


Despite optimal antimicrobial treatment with directly observed short-course therapy (DOTS), about 5-10 percent of drug-compliant patients with cured tuberculosis (TB or MTB) relapse, usually within a year after completion of therapy. This percentage is even greater for patients that have previously been treated for TB who often are infected with multi-drug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) organisms. The People's Republic of China has the second highest number of cases of TB in the world, with a rate of 101 cases/100,000 person-years estimated for 2004. Based on the data of the 4th national TB epidemiological survey in 2000, it is estimated that there were 1.96 million instances of pulmonary TB. With an established MDR TB prevalence of 10.7 percent, there were an estimated 209,720 cases of pulmonary, bacteriology confirmed MDR TB in China in 2000. About half of all prevalent cases of TB disease in 2000 were extrapulmonary.

This prospective longitudinal natural history study will monitor 150 subjects with suspected TB at the Henan Provincial Chest Hospital during their initial response to antituberculous chemotherapy. The subjects will be divided into 3 groups of TB-infected individuals: Cohort A) acid-fast bacilli (AFB) smear positive pulmonary disease; Cohort B) smear negative pulmonary disease; and Cohort C) extra-pulmonary disease (EPTB) in order to reflect the spectrum of TB manifestations observed at Henan Provincial Chest Hospital. We will also be enrolling 25 non-TB suspects as controls (Cohort D). The control group will serve as a comparison group for exploratory immunologic and diagnostic assays that may, in the future, serve as ways to diagnose TB and/or evaluate response to therapy.

In this exploratory study, we will be looking at the change in total volume of disease as detected by computerized tomography scans of the chest at baseline, at 2 months, and at 6 months. We will also be looking at scanned regions of extrapulmonary TB. In addition, we will monitor chemotherapeutic regimen, changes in the host immune response, overall changes in clinical parameters, initial and acquired drug-resistance of the infecting isolates, and changes in bacterial and host markers in subject samples during chemotherapy. In each case, we will look for associations of these parameters with rates of disease resolution correlated with specific structural features determined by computerized tomography scanning of the sites of TB disease (with the exception of TB meningitis and cutaneous TB, for which there are no specific lesions to follow radiographically). These studies will allow us to evaluate the use of entry criteria in future clinical trials and eventual TB diagnosis confirmation using these entry categorizations. We will also be able to examine the impact of initial regimen selection, and subsequent modifications, mycobacterial strain characteristics, extent of disease, types of lesions and host immunologic response to the overall outcome of chemotherapy, as well as potentially identify surrogate markers for improving monitoring of the response to chemotherapy.

Study Design

Time Perspective: Prospective




Henan Provincial Chest Hospital




National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Results (where available)

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