[Tuberculosis and diabetes mellitus: a longitudinal-retrospective study in a teaching hospital]

Rev Med Chil. 1989 Sep;117(9):979-83.
[Article in Spanish]


We analyzed 1529 diabetic patients seen between 1959 and 1982 at a teaching hospital in Concepción, Chile. 116 of them were insulin dependent diabetics. Gestational diabetes was excluded. The 10 year actuarial risk of acquiring tuberculosis was 24.2% for insulin-dependent diabetics and 4.8% for the rest (p less than 0.001). The risk of the diabetic population as a whole was 5.9% compared to 0.8% for the population at large. Thus, diabetics are a high risk group for tuberculosis, especially insulin-dependent patients whose risk is about 38 times higher than the general population under 40 years of age.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Actuarial Analysis
  • Age Factors
  • Chile / epidemiology
  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Tuberculosis / complications*
  • Tuberculosis / epidemiology