Prevalence of opportunistic fungal infection
in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis in Madhya
Pradesh, Central India
Tuberculosis kills more adults in India than any other infectious disease. Chronic nature of tubercular infection and prolonged administration of heavy doses of antibiotics not only leaves patients with an impaired or weak immunological status but also predisposes them to mycotic infection. A total of 100 pulmonary tuberculosis patients were screened, out of which 49% of total were positive for fungal infections. The most dominant pathogens were Candida albicans 34.69% (n=17) followed by C. parapsilosis 26.53% (n=13), Aspergillus fumigatus 12.24% (n=6), A. niger 10.2% (n=5), Fusariumsolani. 6.12% (n=3), Rhizopus oryzae. 4.08% (n=2), Rhodotorulamucilaginosa. 2.04% (n=1), Geotrichum candidum 2.04% (n=1) and Myridontium keratinophylum 2.04% (n=1). The present study revealed that 65.31% infections were due to yeasts while 37.69% infecctions were due to filamentous fungi. The coexistence of fungi with tubercle bacteria adds complication to a patient’s condition by adding more damaging and fatal dimensions to it.
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