Table 1

Demographic characteristics and comorbid medical disorders in patients with herpes zoster and the matched-control cohort
Variable Patients with herpes zoster Matched- control subjects Odds ratio 95% CI Pvalue
Total 42,498 169,983
Follow-up - - -
Total person-years 168,992 684,001
Average person-years 3.976 4.024
Sex - - 0.9874
Female 52.4 52.4
Male 47.6 47.6
Age, years-old - - 1.0000
>= 60 40.0 40.0
50-59 19.6 19.6
40-49 12.9 12.9
30-39 10.7 10.7
< 30 16.6 16.6
Comorbidities (%)
Myocardial infarct 1.4 1.2 1.12 0.95-1.33 0.1846
Congestive heart failure 4.6 3.7 1.28 1.18-1.39 <0.0001
Peripheral vascular disease 2.0 1.6 1.32 1.15-1.51 <0.0001
Cerebrovascular disease 10.5 9.5 1.19 1.13-1.25 <0.0001
Dementia 1.3 1.4 1.12 0.99-1.27 0.0667
Chronic pulmonary disease 29.6 24.6 1.38 1.33-1.43 <0.0001
Rheumatologic disease 4.2 2.9 1.92 1.74-2.10 <0.0001
Peptic ulcer disease 25.7 21.2 1.40 1.35-1.45 <0.0001
Mild liver disease 18.0 15.0 1.33 1.27-1.39 <0.0001
Diabetes (mild to moderate) 13.3 11.1 1.33 1.28-1.39 <0.0001
Diabetes (with chronic complications) 4.0 3.2 1.36 1.26-1.47 <0.0001
Hemiplegia or paraplegia 1.0 1.1 1.13 0.94-1.36 0.1897
Renal disease 6.0 4.8 1.43 1.33-1.54 <0.0001
Moderate or severe liver disease 0.4 0.4 1.09 0.82-1.45 0.9568

Liu et al.

Liu et al. BMC Cancer 2012 12:503   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-12-503

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