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A 27-year-old female asked:

What is the differences between the symptoms of tuberculosis and pneumonia ?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Symptom wise: Tb tends to be a more gradual onset infection with night sweats, cough and weight loss over a number of weeks. Bacterial or viral pneumonia presents more rapidly over a day or so with fever and cough. Usually the chest x-rays differ.
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: Pneumonia has an acute onset of cough, fever and sometimes shortness of breath and chest pains. Rales are heard on auscultation of the lungs and an infiltrate is seen on chest x-ray. Tb is a more chronic illness characterized by cough, night sweats, weight loss, a positive PPD skin test or gamma interferon release test with apical infiltrates on cxr. Sputum smears and cultures are + for afb/tb.

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How do you tell the difference between pneumonia and tuberculosis?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: Pneumonia causes cough, fever, sometimes shortness of breath and chest pains. Rales are heard on auscultation of the lungs and an infiltrate is seen on chest x-ray. Tb is a more chronic illness characterized by cough, night sweats, weight loss, a positive PPD skin test or gamma interferon release test with apical infiltrates on cxr.Sputum smears and cultures are + afb/tb.Tb can cause a pneumonia.
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What is the difference between tuberculosis and pneumonia?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
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Special testing: Pneumonia is a general term for any lung infection caused by a variety of pathogens (bacteria, virus, fungus or parasites). Tuberculosis (TB) is a very specific type of infection caused by a unique bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tb may occasionally spread outside the lung affecting almost any other part of the body. Special testing in a lab is required to prove that someone has tb.

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