n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Antituberculosis treatment and suppression of immune functions important in combating secondary infections : letters

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



There is increasing evidence to suggest that one or more of the currently used antituberculosis (TB) drugs have direct effects on various neutrophil functions in patients diagnosed with pulmonary TB. These findings have prompted us to question how the use of various antibacterial agents may in fact impact on natural immune functions that are essential to the clearance of invading micro-organisms, particularly in those patients known to be at higher risk of acquiring secondary infections.

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