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what is tb?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Lung infection: It is a lung infection caused by a mycobacterium. It is a form of pneumonia. It is treatable.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Tuberculosis: The number one disease in the world.
Dr. Patrick Sweet III
Pathology 20 years experience
Tuberculosis: Tuberculosis is an infections disease of a mycobacterium species. It's an insidious disease that may cause active infection that is highly contagious & damaging to the body (lung usually, but the tubercle can go to any tissue), or be latent where the body has been exposed & ostensibly walled off the tubercle in granulomae. Both require treatment as latent may convert to highly contagious active.
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Pediatric Pulmonology 21 years experience
Tuberculosis: Tuberculosis (or tb) is an infection that is caused by a slow growing bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis. It enters the lungs by inhalation of droplets coughed out by an infected person & can cause infection in the lungs initially. It may either remain latent or spread further within the lungs or to other organs as well. Effective treatment is available but requires good compliance.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is TB spread?

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Coughing: The most common way TB is spead by close contact with some with active TB disease. It is often caught by someone coughing and spreading the TB organism in the air which other people inhale into their lungs and contract tb.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is active TB disease?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Tough to treat: It means it's not in the latent or dormant stage. It's actively causing an infection in the body, usually the lung but it can occur elsewhere like the kidneys. It's also considered contagious in this active phase and needs several medications to treat it.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is drug-resistant tb?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Emerging threat: Tb is a bacteria that is killed by certain antibiotics. When the antibiotic is unable to kill the bacteria, because said bacteria found a way to defend against the antibiotic, then they have become resistant. This is a concern since we have a limited number of effective antibiotics, when we loose them, we cannot treat TB anymore.
A 24-year-old member asked:

How can people fight tb?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
With antibiotics: Tb is a difficult infection to treat and for many years affected people were sent to live in sanatoria. It took a combination of four antibiotics taken over several months to treat it. After treating the affected individual, tracking the contacts and testing them helps break the chain of transmission.
Indianapolis, IN
A 25-year-old male asked:

What is MDR TB?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
MDR: This stands for multiple drug resistant tuberculosis. This illness is gradually spreading throughout the world and is creating a great amount of difficulty in management of these patients, with a resultant higher mortality rate.

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