Mycobacterial diseases and antitumour necrosis factor therapy in USA.

  title={Mycobacterial diseases and antitumour necrosis factor therapy in USA.},
  author={Kevin L. Winthrop and Richard Baxter and Lan-hua Liu and Cara D. Varley and Jeffrey R. Curtis and John W. Baddley and Bentson F McFarland and Donald Austin and Leann Radcliffe and Eb Suhler and Dongseok Choi and James T. Rosenbaum and Lisa J Herrinton},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  volume={72 1},
OBJECTIVE In North America, tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) disease rates associated with antitumour necrosis factor α (anti-TNFα) therapy are unknown. METHODS At Kaiser Permanente Northern California, the authors searched automated pharmacy records to identify inflammatory disease patients who received anti-TNF therapy during 2000-2008 and used validated electronic search algorithms to identify NTM and tuberculosis cases occurring during anti-TNF drug exposure. RESULTS… CONTINUE READING


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