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Yi-Ting Lin, Ping-Hsun Wu, Chun-Yu Lin, Ming-Yen Lin, Hung-Yi Chuang, Jee-Fu Huang, Ming-Lung Yu, Wan-Long Chuang
Tuberculosis (TB) and cirrhosis of the liver are both endemic in many regions of the world. However, the risk of TB in cirrhotic patients has rarely been investigated. A nationwide cohort study was conducted to elucidate and characterize the association between cirrhosis and TB in Taiwan. The study included 41,076 cirrhotic patients and 204,244 noncirrhotic controls from 1998 through 2007. Cirrhotic and noncirrhotic subjects were matched 1:5 on age and sex. A total of 957 of 41,076 (2.32%) cirrhotic patients developed TB, yielding a rate that was significantly higher than that of the 955 of 204,244 (0...
July 1, 2014: American Journal of Epidemiology
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