Table 1

Clinical characteristics of patients with autoantibody-positive and autoantibody-negative tuberculosis

Autoantibody-positive (n=32)Autoantibody-negative (n=68)p Value
Respiratory symptoms22 (69)46 (68)0.912
 Cough9 (28)16 (23)0.621
 Sputum4 (13)13 (19)0.411
 Haemoptysis2 (6)3 (4)0.654
 Dyspnoea5 (16)10 (15)>0.999
 Chest pain2 (6)4 (6)>0.999
Constitutional symptoms14 (44)21 (31)0.208
 Fever5 (16)9 (13)0.763
 Weight loss4 (13)6 (9)0.722
 General malaise3 (9)3 (4)0.381
 Night sweating2 (6)3 (4)0.654
Sputum smear grading
 3+ ∼ 4+2 (6)8 (12)0.495
 1+ ∼ 2+6 (19)15 (22)0.705
 Negative24 (69)45 (66)0.373
Serum albumin <3.5 g/dL6 (19)7 (10)0.339
Radiographic findings
 Bilateral infiltration10 (31)34 (50)0.078
 Cavitations1 (3)8 (12)0.265
 Pleural effusion5 (16)11 (16)0.944
 Miliary lesion03 (4)0.549
  • Data are number (%).