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how does mycobacterium tuberculosis attack and spread

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Dr. Lori Lange
Specializes in Family Medicine
Tb Infection: How does mycobacterium tuberculosis attack and spread? Usually by droplet transmission through the air. Cough, fatigue and being in an area with Tb ca ... Read More
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Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
InfectionAndSpread: Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Bacteria attacks healthy&some not so healthy people when they are exposed to some one who is already infected&has a ... Read More

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
You don't: The lab does, on special media. If you try it yourself, and you actually have somebody with active TB to grow it from, you'll generate a mass of nasty ... Read More
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
ThroughTheLab: You can not culture Mycobacterium Tuberculosis by your self.The specimen has to be collected by your doctor or healthcare provider properly and sent t ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends on where: But the most common site for tuberculosis is the lung and symptoms include fever, cough, night sweats and weight loss.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Infects and prevails: Mycobacterium Tuberculosis is a bacteria that causes Disease Tuberculosis in humans.The most common infection is in the lungs but it can infect other ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Complex: Mtb is acquired thru respiratory route and replicates in the lung before asymptomatically disseminates to other organs. After about 6-8 weeks, the im ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Who cares: Does not matter a dime. But: patient needs a TB expert!
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Common: World wide TB is an endemic illness affecting millions of people. In the US, TB is some times seen in immigrants from poor countries. It is also ass ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
20 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Chronic infection: Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
It's complicated: Tb needs to be treated with several drugs to which it is susceptable at the same time to prevent the emergence of mutational resistance. It also need ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Not for prime time: Cord factor is a molecule that enhances virulence of mtb. Usually the non-tuberculous mycobacterium dont have it so it can be used to differentiate b ... Read More

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