Previous tuberculosis disease as a risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a cross-sectional analysis of multicountry, population-based studies

Katarina Kamenar, Shakir Hossen, Akshay N. Gupte, Trishul Siddharthan, Suzanne Pollard, Muhammad Chowdhury, Adolfo L. Rubinstein, Vilma E. Irazola, Laura Gutierrez, J. Jaime Miranda, Antonio Bernabe-Ortiz, Dewan Alam, Bruce Kirenga, Rupert C. Jones, Frederik van Gemert, Robert A. Wise, William Checkley*

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    Background Risk factors for COPD in high-income settings are well understood; however, less attention has been paid to contributors of COPD in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) such as pulmonary tuberculosis. We sought to study the association between previous tuberculosis disease and COPD by using pooled population-based cross-sectional data in 13 geographically diverse, low-resource settings. Methods We pooled six cohorts in 13 different LMIC settings, 6 countries and 3 continents to study the relationship between self-reported previous tuberculosis disease and lung function outcomes including COPD (defined as a postbronchodilator forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1)/forced vital capacity (FVC) below the lower limit of normal). Multivariable regressions with random effects were used to examine the association between previous tuberculosis disease and lung function outcomes. Results We analysed data for 12 396 participants (median age 54.0 years, 51.5% male); 332 (2.7%) of the participants had previous tuberculosis disease. Overall prevalence of COPD was 8.8% (range 1.7%-15.5% across sites). COPD was four times more common among those with previous tuberculosis disease (25.7% vs 8.3% without previous tuberculosis disease, p

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1088-1097
    Number of pages10
    Issue number11
    Early online date1-Dec-2021
    Publication statusPublished - 14-Oct-2022


    • tuberculosis
    • COPD epidemiology
    • COPD
    • URBAN

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