Chronic obstructive airways disease following treated pulmonary tuberculosis

Respir Med. 1989 May;83(3):195-8. doi: 10.1016/s0954-6111(89)80031-9.


Seventy-one subjects who had previously been treated for tuberculosis up to 16 years before underwent pulmonary function assessment. Evidence of airways obstruction was found in 48 (68%). There was an inverse relationship between the extent of the disease on the original chest radiograph and the forced expired volume in one second (FEV1). A similar inverse relationship between the amount of sputum produced and the FEV1 and the original chest radiograph was also found. Treated pulmonary tuberculosis is a cause of significant chronic obstructive airways disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Female
  • Forced Expiratory Volume
  • Humans
  • Lung / physiopathology
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / etiology*
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Residual Volume
  • Total Lung Capacity
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / complications*
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / therapy
  • Vital Capacity