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CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 164-168

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 and tuberculosis coinfection: Double trouble


1 Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Medeor JCS Institute of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Ayushman Hospital and Health Service, Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Abhijeet Singh
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Medeor JCS Institute of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, B-33, 34 Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi - 110 016
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/INJMS.INJMS_72_20

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The ongoing pandemic of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has received worldwide attention by becoming a major global health threat. We encountered one case with COVID-19 and tuberculosis (TB) coinfection, which has not been frequently reported. A 76-year-old female presented with acute respiratory symptoms superimposed on chronic symptoms, suggestive to have pneumonia. Oropharyngeal throat swab sample for COVID-19 was positive as detected by real-time reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction assay. GeneXpert Ultra detected Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex with rifampicin resistance indeterminate. The patient was treated with appropriate management. Clinicians should suspect coinfection with TB during the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 as therapeutic strategies need to be determined timely to improve outcomes and prevent transmission in the community.


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