Background: Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV are among the risk factors for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). There are several challenges in the management of DVT patients with TB-HIV co-infection including drug-drug interactions and non-adherence due to pill burden.
Methods: HIV infected patients starting treatment for TB were identified and followed up two weekly. Cases of DVT were diagnosed with Doppler ultrasound and patients were initiated on oral anticoagulation with warfarin and followed up with repeated INR measurements and warfarin dose adjustment.
Results: We describe 7 cases of TB and HIV-infected patients in Uganda diagnosed with DVT and started on anticoagulation therapy. Their median age was 30 (IQR: 27–39) years and 86 % were male. All patients had co-medication with cotrimoxazole, tenofovir, lamivudine and efavirenz and some were on fluconazole. The therapeutic range of the International Normalization Ratio (INR) was difficult to attain and unpredictable with some patients being under-anticoagulated and others over-anticoagulated. The mean Time in Therapeutic Range (TTR) for patients who had all scheduled INR measurements in the first 12 weeks was 33.3 %. Only one patient among those with all the scheduled INR measurements had achieved a therapeutic INR by 2 weeks. Four out of seven (57 %) of the patients had at least one INR above the therapeutic range which required treatment interruption. None of the patients had major bleeding.
Conclusion: We recommend more frequent monitoring and timely dose adjustment of the INR, as well as studies on alternative strategies for the treatment of DVT in TB-HIV co-infected patients.