Volume 93, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



In countries with a high-burden of tuberculosis (TB), it has been well established that there is an increased incidence of TB among patients with diabetes. However, in countries with a low burden of TB there are conflicting reports. This study aimed to determine if diabetes was associated with TB in patients admitted to a teaching hospital in tropical Australia. A 20-year retrospective study found patients with comorbid diabetes were seven times overrepresented in the TB patient population when compared with the general population. This study demonstrates a strong association between TB and diabetes regardless of TB endemicity.


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  • Received : 07 Apr 2015
  • Accepted : 30 Apr 2015
  • Published online : 02 Sep 2015

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