Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Delay in Anti-Tuberculous Treatment Are Important Risk Factors for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

@inproceedings{Lee2012PulmonaryTA,
  title={Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Delay in Anti-Tuberculous Treatment Are Important Risk Factors for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease},
  author={Chih-Hsin Lee and Ming-Chia Lee and Hsien-Ho Lin and Chin-Chung Shu and Jann-Yuan Wang and L. N. Lee and Kun-Mao Chao},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2012}
}
OBJECTIVE Tuberculosis (TB) remains the leading cause of death among infectious diseases worldwide. It has been suggested as an important risk factor of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is also a major cause of morbidity and mortality. This study investigated the impact of pulmonary TB and anti-TB treatment on the risk of developing COPD. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS This cohort study used the National Health Insurance Database of Taiwan, particularly the Longitudinal… CONTINUE READING