Microbiology Congress 2018: Study of musculoskeletal tuberculosis among patients in a tertiary care health setup in North East India - Anil Chandra Phukan - North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences
North East India is the north eastern region of the country comprising of eight states with 4500 km of international boundary with China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan having >40 million population and 220 ethnic groups. North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong is the Post Graduate medical and health institute catering tertiary health care services to the patients of the entire region. North East India is bearing a considerable burden of tuberculosis with increasing cases of extra pulmonary tuberculosis where musculoskeletal tuberculosis is found to be a diagnostic dilemma to the treating clinicians. The study was carried out for understanding the prevalence of musculoskeletal tuberculosis and its clinic-bacterial profile among the patients attending the NEIGRIHMS hospital during 2015-2016 using both conventional and molecular diagnostic tools.