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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
MycobacteriumTubercu: Tuberculosis is an infection by a bacteria MycobacteriumTuberculi Most of the time it affects Lungs but can infect other organs like Lymph Glands,kidn ... Read More

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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Although TB can : Affect almost any organ, almost all transmission of the infection occurs from pulmonary TB spread by coughing.
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A female asked:
Dr. Shah Chowdhury
41 years experience in Pediatrics
Tuberculosis: Few years ago, who estimated, one third of world population get TB infection. Highest rate: se asia, china, india, africa and latin america. If left u ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in 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 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amanda Xi
Dr. Amanda Xi answered
5 years experience in General Practice
Varies: Symptoms include cough [with mucus, blood], excessive night sweating, fatigue, fever, and unintentional weight loss. If you suspect that you may have ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
39 years experience in Geriatrics
Active disease?: The presence of acid fast bacilli means that there is active disease requiring treatment. Three negative good sample sputums are necessary to assure c ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience in Pediatrics
2 types.: Standard tuberculin skin testing and TB blood testing (quantiferon and t-spot). Both only tell if a person has been infected with TB bacteria. It does ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience in Hospital-based practice
Possible: Usually TB or pneumonia have some symptoms. Sometimes you can find a lesion on x-ray which may turn out to be tb. But pneumonias such as fungal infect ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience in Family Medicine
High density environ: Tb is commonly contracted in high density living situations. Homes where 3-5 families living in one house is an example of this situation.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Chest X ray: It is possible to have active TB with very little symptoms especially early on. However, it is more than likely that you carry the germ for TB in a do ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Swati Avashia
22 years experience in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
See your doctor: Symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis include fever, night sweats, cough, and weight loss. Your doctor can place a skin test, get a chest x-ray, and get ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Inhalation: You inhaled it from somebody else. But we usually do not know who that was. Check with your doc.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
HEAF: The HEAF (multi-puncture) test is used to identify people wi tuberculosis infections or diseases. Tuberculin (undiluted purified protein derivative) ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Anti-TB meds: The usual course of therapy for active TB is 2 months of isoniazid, rifampin, pryazinamide, and ethambutol, followed by 4 months of isoniazide and rif ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Davidson
17 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Antibiotics: While it depends on the type and site of the tuberculosis (TB) infection, TB is generally treated with a combination of 3 or 4 antibiotics. The antibi ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Treatment resistant : This means that some people who are treated for TB will not respond. It is a very serious disease, so that would be a very serious problem.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rishi Kumar
7 years experience in Anesthesiology
INH + rifapentine: The gold standard for latent (noninfectious) TB was nine months of Isoniazid (inh), but a study recently published in the new england journal of medic ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
Yes but only if . . : Take (multiple) antibiotics exactly as directed for as long as recommended. If an abscess has developed, drainage may be required. At the very least, ... Read More
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Dr. David Miller
9 years experience in Family Medicine
Multi-drug therapy: Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. This was the among the most common causes of lung disease in the early 20th cent ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
You need 6 months: For active tuberculosis you need four antibiotics 1 rifampin 2 inh 3 pyrazinamide 4 ethambutal all four for at least six months, for the disease ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
37 years experience in Fertility Medicine
TB and fertility: Tuberculosis is a known, but rare, cause of tubal blockage. Once diagnosed, a cure is unusual. Tb pills are used to stop progression, and prevent th ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chirag Vasa
26 years experience in Infectious Disease
No hereditary : Tuberculosis of spine is consider as potts disease/ spine. Tuberculosis of spine is not hereditary disease . Once person get primarily infected with ... Read More
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A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brittany Chan
9 years experience in Pediatrics
No.: Tuberculosis is an infectious disease, caused by the bacteria mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is not genetic. However, if a woman has TB while pregnant ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience in Infectious Disease
Immune function: Diabetes, especially uncontrolled diabetes, causes neutrophils to not behave as well as they should, so infections are both more likely and more frequ ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
No: No.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Avoidance: If you know someone is infected then special precautions like wearing a high efficiency well fitting mask is the way to go. Unfortunately, in practica ... Read More

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