WHO update to MDR-TB treatment guidelines

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World Health Organisation (WHO) treatment guidelines for drug-resistant tuberculosis (2016 update) contain policy recommendations on priority areas in the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis. The revision is in accordance with the WHO requirements for the formulation of evidence-informed policy.

The main novelties of the 2016 WHO guidelines are: a shorter MDR-TB treatment regimen is recommended under specific conditions; medicines used in the design of conventional MDR-TB treatment regimens are now reclassified to reflect updates in the evidence on their effectiveness and safety; specific recommendations are made on the treatment of children with rifampicin-resistant or MDR-TB based on a first-ever individual patient data meta-analysis; and recommendations on the role of surgery in MDR-TB case management are included.

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