About Rheumatoid Arthritis & Tuberculosis

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Rheumatoid arthritis is not a direct cause of tuberculosis, but some of the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis can make a person prone to getting tuberculosis. Find out how treatments for rheumatoid arthritis can compromise a person's immune system with help from a licensed RN in this free video on rheumatoid arthritis and tuberculosis.

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Hi, my name's Kayti Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin, Texas, and today I'm going to talk to you about arthritis and tuberculosis. So, there's some common thoughts that these two things go together, and it's not the disease that goes with the other disease, but it's some of the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis that can make you more prone to have tuberculosis. And at this point, they have determined that there is a specific drug called TNFA which is a tumor necrosis factor alpha, and basically what this does is it blocks the chemical before it can create an inflammation or create an inflammatory response, so it's an anti-inflammatory drug. But at the same time, this protein or this chemical that's being used is allowing, when it blocks that receptor for rheumatoid arthritis it's also allowing infection or disease to be able to come in in that space, that gap that it's opening up. And a lot of times they link tuberculosis to this because it it it immunocompromises you, essentially. So that's, at this point, that's what they've conclusively found is that it's the medication and the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis that people are more prone to have tuberculosis. It's not that the two diseases are linked together.


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