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Towards Understanding Tuberculosis-Related Issues in North Korea: A Narrative Review of North Korean Literature

Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 2020년 83권 3호 p.201 ~ 210
이창준, Lee Sung-Whan, 김희진, 강영애,
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이창준 ( Lee Chang-Jun ) - Yonsei University College of Medicine
 ( Lee Sung-Whan ) - Yonsei University College of Medicine
김희진 ( Kim Hee-JIn ) - Korean National Tuberculosis Association Central Training Institute
강영애 ( Kang Young-Ae ) - Yonsei University College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine

Abstract


Background: North Korea is one of the 30 countries with the highest tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant TB burdened. To understand the medical issues and research trends associated with TB in North Korea, we performed a comprehensive review of articles related to clinical and laboratory research on TB published in North Korean medical journals.

Methods: We reviewed all types of TB-related articles published in nine North Korean medical journals (Yebang ?ihak: Preventive medicine; Koryo ?ihak: Korea Medicine; Chos?n ?ihak: Chosun Medicine; Naekwa: Internal Medicine; Soa, sanbuinkwa: Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology, Surgery; ?ihak: Medicine; Kich’o ?ihak: Basic Medicine; and Chos?n yakhak: Chosun Pharmacy). We classified the articles according to the type and field of study and analyzed the data qualitatively to gain insights.

Results: We reviewed 106 articles (one- or two-page length) written in Korean, including reviews (n=43), original articles (n=52), and case reports (n=8). They were classified as follows: articles on diagnosis (n=52, 49%) and treatment (n=39, 37%). None of the studies investigated the commercialized molecular diagnosis systems such as Xpert MTB/RIF. Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course was reported as the basic treatment approach. Furthermore, six studies used Korean traditional medicines for treating TB, with one of them containing snake venom.

Conclusion: The articles were not sufficiently detailed. Original articles on the treatment of multi-drug resistant TB were not found, and those on latent tuberculosis infection and nontuberculous mycobacteria were limited. To understand the current medical issues associated with TB in North Korea, articles from these nine journals were not sufficient.

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Tuberculosis; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Review

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