Epidemiology of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis in Israel, 1999-2010

Zohar Mor*, G. Pinsker, N. Cedar, M. Lidji, I. Grotto

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SETTING: The Israeli national tuberculosis (TB) surveillance system. OBJECTIVES: To describe the epidemiology of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) in Israel between 1999 and 2010 and identify more susceptible populations. DESIGN: Data were retrieved from the National Tuberculosis Registry and the Israeli Bureau of Statistics. RESULTS: During the study period, 995 EPTB patients were notified, corresponding to 19.6% of all TB cases. The average annual male:female ratio was 0.8, and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection rate was 5%. Most EPTB affected the lymph nodes (39.8%), pleura (16.9%) and urinary system (11.1%). Most EPTB patients (81.8%) were non-Israeli born. The estimated average annual incidence in Israeli-born citizens, non-Israeli-born citizens and migrant workers was respectively 0.23, 2.2 and 7.5 per 100 000 population. The ratio of non-Israeli-born migrant workers to non-Israeli-born citizens with EPTB decreased from 1:6.3 in 1999 to 1:0.78 in 2010. Culture results were obtained for 624 (62.9%) of all cases. Of these, 41 (6.6%) were resistant to at least one first-line anti-tuberculosis drug and 8 (1.3%) were multidrug-resistant. Treatment success was achieved in 86.5%. CONCLUSIONS: Physicians should be aware of the possibility of EPTB in older patients, especially in the non-Israeli-born. Innovative screening procedures should be implemented for migrants from high-burden countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-233+i
JournalInternational Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Migration
  • Screening
  • Surveillance


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