Tuberculosis and airflow obstruction: Evidence from the PLATINO study in Latin America

A. M B Menezes, P. C. Hallal, R. Perez-Padilla, J. R B Jardim, A. Muiño, M. V. Lopez, G. Valdivia, M. Montes De Oca, C. Talamo, J. Pertuze, C. G. Victora

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The aim of the present study was to evaluate the association between history of tuberculosis and airflow obstruction. A population-based, multicentre study was carried out and included 5,571 subjects aged ≥40 yrs living in one of five Latin American metropolitan areas: Sao Paulo (Brazil); Montevideo (Uruguay); Mexico City (Mexico); Santiago (Chile); and Caracas (Venezuela). Subjects performed pre- and post-bronchodilator spirometry and were asked whether they had ever been diagnosed with tuberculosis by a physician. The overall prevalence of airflow obstruction (forced expiratory volume in one second/forced vital capacity post-bronchodilator

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1180-1185
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Developing countries
  • Smoking
  • Spirometry
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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