Volume 95, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Diabetes predisposes patients to bacterial infections. Although diabetes confers susceptibility to tuberculosis, the association between nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections and diabetes remains unknown. A retrospective chart analysis of patients in northern Australia during a 20-year period with soft tissue NTM infections revealed that patients with diabetes were three times overrepresented in comparison to the general population (odds ratio = 3.13). There was a statistically significant association between NTM infections and diabetes in this patient cohort ( = 0.0082).


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  • Received : 11 Feb 2016
  • Accepted : 27 May 2016
  • Published online : 07 Sep 2016

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