Characteristics Predicting Tuberculosis Risk under Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha Inhibitors: Report from a Large Multicenter Cohort with High Background Prevalence

Kisacik B., Pamuk O. N., Onat A. M., Erer S. B., Hatemi G., Ozguler Y., ...More

JOURNAL OF RHEUMATOLOGY, vol.43, no.3, pp.524-529, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.3899/jrheum.150177
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.524-529
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Objective. Screening strategies for latent tuberculosis (TB) before starting tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha inhibitors have decreased the prevalence of TB among patients who are treated with these agents. However, despite vigilant screening, TB continues to be an important problem, especially in parts of the world with a high background TB prevalence. The aim of this study was to determine the factors related to TB among a large multicenter cohort of patients who were treated with anti-TNF.