Association of tuberculosis and deep venous thromboembolism in patients with autoimmune diseases

Published: 22 April 2015
Author(s): Marion Valence, Olivier Decaux, Matthieu Revest, Patrick Jégo, Pierre Tattevin
Section: Letter to the Editor

Tuberculosis (TB) can complicate the course of various autoimmune diseases, especially with prolonged use of immunosuppressive treatment [1–9]. Limited data are currently available regarding risk factors for, and clinical presentation of, TB in patients with autoimmune diseases. We performed an observational study of all cases of TB diagnosed during years 1992–2012 within a cohort of patients followed for autoimmune diseases in a 1800-bed university hospital, which serves as a referral center for autoimmune diseases in Western France (population catchment area, one million inhabitants).