Leonard Calabrese, DO Head, Section of Clinical Immunology, Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Disease, and Department of Infectious Diseases, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation; and Professor of Medicine, The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
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ABSTRACTTumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors have proven highly effective against a number of autoimmune diseases but have been disappointing in treating others. An increase in the risk of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other opportunistic infections has been noted in patients treated with these agents. If we use these drugs, we need to weigh their beneficial and adverse effects.