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Overrepresentation of Diabetes in Soft Tissue Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infections

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  • 1 Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.
  • | 2 Townsville Hospital, Townsville, Australia.
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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 (P = 0.0082).

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* Address correspondence to Tahnee Bridson, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia. E-mail: tahnee.bridson@my.jcu.edu.au

Authors' addresses: Tahnee Bridson and Natkunam Ketheesan, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, E-mails: tahnee.bridson@my.jcu.edu.au and n.ketheesan@jcu.edu.au. Brenda Govan, Microbiology and Immunology, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, E-mail: brenda.govan@jcu.edu.au. Robert Norton, Microbiology, Townsville Hospital, Townsville, Australia, E-mail: robert.norton@health.qld.gov.au.

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