Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Treatment and Tuberculin Skin Test

Bozkirli E. D. E. , Tufan M. A. , ÖZIŞIK L., Sen N., Yucel A. E.

CUKUROVA MEDICAL JOURNAL, cilt.40, ss.430-438, 2015 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 40 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.430-438


Purpose: The use of anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (anti-TNF) drugs has been a milestone in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. Despite their strong efficacy, there are some factors restricting the use of anti-TNF agents. We must be careful especially for the granulomatous diseases which can be seen endemic in our country such as tuberculosis and leishmaniasis. In our country according to the RAED 2005 Consensus Meeting Reports, patients candidate for anti-TNF treatment are evaluated for both active and inactive tuberculosis before treatment and prophylaxis with isoniazid (INH) has been performed where indicated.