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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
50 years experience Pediatrics
No adverse effect: Latent TB infection is not expected to affect the life expectancy of an infected individual unless latent TB becomes activated.
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
36 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Normal: Completely normal. As long as you protect yourself and check with your doc.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
See below: The answer would not fit in the space allotted. Please visit this site for information. http://www.cdc.gov/TB/
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
27 years experience Pulmonology
Variable: Many patients with active untreated TB will have night sweats, fevers and weight loss. The TB organism can damage the lungs causing you to cough up b ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
33 years experience Anesthesiology
Potentially serious: Pulmonary tuberculosis is due to lung infection with a "mycobacteria". Historically a serious but treatable infection, there are now strains that can ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Airborne: When people who have active tuberculosis in the lung cough, thousands to hundreds of thousands of TB causing bacteria become airborne. People in close ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Excellent article: See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tuberculosis/basics/definition/con-20021761
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Tuberculosis latency: Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) occurs when one has been infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, but does not have active tuberculosis disease. ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
Close contact: By being in close contact with someone who has it.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
50 years experience Pediatrics
Need chest X-ray: Positive TB skin test simply means tested person was exposed to an active case of tb. If the person remains asymptomatic (free of active disease sign ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: Slowly, painfully, many have before effective treatments were developed. Nowadays, the risk is minimal, particularly if you are otherwise in good heal ... Read More
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