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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Prophylaxis Indications

Purpose:

To screen a patient for tuberculosis prior to receiving infliximab therapy.

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases
Clinical Pharmacology
Pulmonology

Objective:

selection

ICD-10:

A15-A19, K50, M05, M06

Description:

Infliximab is an antibody to tumor necrosis factor (TNF) alpha given to patients with Crohn's disease or rheumatoid arthritis. These patients are at risk for primary or reactivation tuberculosis, often extrapulmonary or miliary. Patients being considered for infliximab therapy should be screened for tuberculosis and given prophylactic or curative antituberculous therapy.

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