The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 84, Issue 11, pp 843–847 | Cite as

Predictors of Microbiologically Confirmed Intrathoracic Tuberculosis

  • Rakhi Jain
  • Aparna Mukherjee
  • Mohit Singla
  • Yogita Verma
  • Hitender Gautam
  • Rakesh Lodha
  • Urvashi B Singh
  • Sushil K Kabra
Original Article



To identify risk factors for microbiologically confirmed intrathoracic tuberculosis in children.


Children, 6 mo to 15 y of age, attending the out-patient department of a tertiary care centre in India, with probable intrathoracic tuberculosis were enrolled. Microbiological confirmation of tuberculosis was defined as positivity on smear (Ziehl-Neelsen staining) and/or Xpert MTB/RIF and/or MGIT-960 culture. Association of various factors with microbiological confirmation were assessed by univariate and multivariate analysis.


Microbiologic confirmation was documented in 39 (25%) of 153 patients enrolled. On univariate analysis, microbiological positivity was associated with female gender, higher mean (SD) age [136.6 (31.8) vs. 117.3 (41.4) mo], parenchymal lesion on chest radiograph, low body mass index for age, having symptoms of cough and weight loss, lower mean (SD) hemoglobin [10.4 (1.37) g/dl vs. 11(1.52) g/dl; p = 0.04], and higher mean (SD) monocyte: lymphocyte ratio [0.38 (0.30) vs. 0.24 (0.02); p = 0.37]. Higher proportion of microbiologically negative children were BCG vaccinated (95% vs. 79%; p = 0.002). On multivariate analysis, microbiological positivity showed significant association with low body mass index for age (p = 0.033) and higher monocyte: lymphocyte ratio (p = 0.037).


Low body mass index for age and higher monocyte: lymphocyte ratios were associated with microbiological confirmation in children with intrathoracic tuberculosis.


Childhood tuberculosis MGIT culture Intrathoracic tuberculosis Predictors 



The authors acknowledge the support of the technical staff of TB Lab, Department of Microbiology, AIIMS.


RJ collected data and prepared the manuscript; MS helped in collecting data; SKK and RL conceptualized and designed the study; AM analysed the data; UBS, YV, HG did microbiological investigations; SKK, RL and AM drafted the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript. SKK will act as guarantor for this paper.

Source of Funding

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rakhi Jain
    • 1
  • Aparna Mukherjee
    • 1
  • Mohit Singla
    • 1
  • Yogita Verma
    • 2
  • Hitender Gautam
    • 2
  • Rakesh Lodha
    • 1
  • Urvashi B Singh
    • 2
  • Sushil K Kabra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia

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