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Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2001 Jun;5(6):533-8.

The early bactericidal activity of amikacin in pulmonary tuberculosis.

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Department of Paediatrics, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa.



Stellenbosch University, a tertiary care hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.


To determine the early bactericidal activity (EBA) of amikacin in dosages of 5 mg/kg, 10 mg/kg and 15 mg/kg body weight in comparison to that of isoniazid 6 mg/kg body weight or no drug.


An open, randomised trial.


Patients with previously untreated, sputum smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis.


Patients received amikacin 5 mg/kg (12 patients), 10 mg/kg (13 patients) or 15 mg/kg (15 patients), isoniazid 6 mg/kg (9 patients) or no drug (10 patients).


The rate of decrease in log viable colony forming units of Mycobacterium tuberculosis per ml of sputum per day during the first 2 days of treatment with amikacin 5 mg/kg, 10 mg/kg and 15 mg/kg was 0.041 (SD 0.100), 0.045 (SD 0.144) and 0.052 (SD 0.096), respectively, 0.515 (SD 0.173) in the patients receiving isoniazid 6 mg/kg, and 0.041 (SD 0.113) in those receiving no drug. The EBA found in patients receiving amikacin did not differ significantly from that of the no drug group. However, as the EBA in the no drug group was the highest ever encountered at Stellenbosch University, the mean in patients receiving drug was tested against 0 and found to differ significantly (P = 0.03), suggesting minimal activity. Mean amikacin serum concentrations 1 hour after intramuscular drug administration were 13.5 microg/ml, 26.7 microg/ml and 39.2 microg/ml in the patients receiving 5 mg, 10 mg and 15 mg per kg body weight, respectively.


Despite serum concentrations well in excess of the minimal inhibitory concentration of 2-4 microg/ml, the EBA of amikacin in patients with smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis was only just detectable.

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