Infection risk in rheumatic diseases highlights the importance of knowing a patient’s history, he concluded. If a patient grew up outside the U.S. in areas with higher TB incidence or has spent time in prison (where TB rates are higher) or on farms, rheumatologists should consider them at higher risk of developing these potentially deadly infections and begin testing, he said.
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Susan Bernstein is a freelance medical journalist based in Atlanta.