Bronchiectasis Is Associated With Human T-Lymphotropic Virus 1 Infection in an Indigenous Australian Population
Lloyd Einsiedel, Liselle Fernandes, Tim Spelman, Daniel Steinfort, Eduardo Gotuzzo
Clinical Infectious Diseases | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2012
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest that infection with human T-lymphotropic virus 1 (HTLV-1) might be associated with bronchiectasis among Indigenous Australians. The present study compared the clinical characteristics and outcomes of bronchiectasis in this population, according to HTLV-1 serologic status. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of Indigenous adults with bronchiectasis and known HTLV-1 serologic status admitted to Alice Springs Hospital, central Australia, from January 2000 through December 2006. RESULTS: Among 89 Indigenous adults whose HTLV-1 serologic status was confirmed, 52 (58.4%) were HTLV-1 seropositive. Differences between HTLV-1-seropositive and HTLV-1-s..View full abstract
This study received funding from the Northern Territory Rural Clinical School, which is an initiative of the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.