Healthcare Workers with IBD at Higher Risk of Tuberculosis but Not Other Infections, Study Suggests

Healthcare Workers with IBD at Higher Risk of Tuberculosis but Not Other Infections, Study Suggests
Healthcare workers with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) develop tuberculosis at a higher rate than non-healthcare workers with IBD, but this trend does not extend to other types of severe infection, according to a study. These results support the importance of screening for tuberculosis in IBD patients who work in healthcare fields. Researchers also found that exposure to corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, and anti-tumor necrosis factor‐α (TNF) agents increased the risk of serious infections in all IBD patients, independent of their occupations. The study, “Risk of serious infection in healthcare workers with inflammatory bowel disease: a case‐control study of
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