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Table 1 Preoperative characteristics of patients with cavitary pulmonary TB

From: Sublobectomy is a safe alternative for localized cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis

Variable Lobectomy (n = 129) Sublobectomy (n = 74) P value
Gender
 Male 99 59 0.62
 Female 30 15  
Age (y, mean ± SD) 50.1 ± 12.6 47.5 ± 11.7 0.14
Disease type
 Primary treated 81 52 0.28
 Retreated 48 22  
Culture positive in sputum (N) 9 2 0.19
Chemotherapy time (months, mean ± SD) 5.8 ± 3.0 5.6 ± 2.7 0.20
Multidrug resistance (N) 11 1 0.04*
Lesion diameter (cm, mean ± SD) 2.45 ± 0.90 2.12 ± 0.69 0.13
Cavity diameter (cm, mean ± SD) 1.01 ± 0.73 0.58 ± 0.49 < 0.001*
Symptoms
 Cough 22 18 0.21
 Chest pain 11 8 0.59
Expectoration 13 12 0.20
Haemoptysis 10 5 0.79
 Chest distress 4 4 0.41
 Fever 7 3 0.66
  1. *P < 0.05, sublobectomy group vs. lobectomy group