Publication: Can D-dimer levels predict the treatment outcome in a patient with tuberculosis?
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Dulger, Ahmet Cumhur
Tuberculous peritonitis is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity particularly in the developing world. Delay in initiation of treatment distinctively increases mortality. Treatment response to anti-tuberculosis drugs is usually observed by regression of symptoms and clearance of ascites. With initiation of treatment, laboratory values including CA-125 levels generally return to normal levels in 3 months. However, there is still no consensus about treatment response during the follow-up period. Serum D-dimer level is used as an inflammation marker in some cases. A case with Tuberculous peritonitis successfully monitorised by serum D-dimer levels is presented.
Dulger A. C. , Karadaş S., Gonullu H., Beyazal M., Bulut G., Gultepe B., -Can D-dimer levels predict the treatment outcome in a patient with tuberculosis?-, JOURNAL OF THE PAKISTAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, cilt.64, ss.833-836, 2014