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Thorax. 2013 Jun;68(6):588. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2012-202824. Epub 2012 Nov 5.

Inclusion of latent tuberculosis infection as a separate entity into the international classification of diseases.


The 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) proposed by the WHO is currently in the consultation phase. In common with previous versions of the ICD this revised version does not contain a code for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), contrasting with the inclusion of a large number of codes for various manifestations of active tuberculosis (TB). Inclusion of a separate code for LTBI into ICD-11 is critically important for epidemiological, clinical and research purposes. On behalf of the Paediatric Tuberculosis Network European Trials group, we encourage colleagues worldwide who are caring for TB patients or are involved in TB research to join us in supporting the case for a long overdue ICD code for LTBI.


Respiratory Infection; Tuberculosis

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