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Can Tb lympadentitis cause lung scars without having pulmonary tb?

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Dr. David Mcadams
22 years experience in Internal Medicine
Hmmm...: Although possible, it seems very unlikely to have isolated TB lymphadenopathy. What is more likely is that pulmonary TB is present and has caused the scarring.
Answered on May 31, 2014
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Tubercle bacilli get to the lymph nodes by being ingested by macrophages after they are in the pulmonary alveolae and the macrophages carry them there. If you have TB lymphadenopathy you have had pulmonary infection.
May 30, 2014

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