We evaluated the occurrence of active tuberculosis in 4,575 physicians who graduated between 1938 and 1981 from the same medical school. There were 66 cases. Fifteen (23%) cases were detected after 1970 including 4 diagnosed in 1981. For most years, the incidence of tuberculosis was higher in physicians than in the general population. Forty-eight (73%) patients were between 25 and 34 yr of age at the time of diagnosis. Two thirds of all cases occurred within 6 yr of graduation, even in graduates since 1970. The risk of tuberculosis was 140 per 100,000 persons-years within 6 yr of graduation. Sixty-three percent of initially tuberculin-negative medical students who subsequently had active tuberculosis converted their tuberculin reaction during medical school or clinical training. Recipients of BCG vaccine had 40% less tuberculosis than unimmunized, initially tuberculin-negative, physicians. Health authorities should be cognizant of the continuing risk of tuberculosis in medical students and physicians.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||American Review of Respiratory Disease|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine