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Mycobacterium intracellulare infection, am i contagious?

Mycobacterium intracellulare infection, am i contagious?

Many mycobacteria: There are >200 species of mycobacteria. We worry about mycobacterium tuberculosis because it can be transmitted between people. Atypical mycobacterium, like mai, are not contageous. These are in our h2o supply ; we drink/inhale them. Most are problematic in people w/lung diseases (copd/cystic fibrosis) or those who are immunocompromised (hiv/transplant patients). In normal hosts usually no worry. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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How common is it for somebody to get mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

How common is it for somebody to get mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

Common: World wide TB is an endemic illness affecting millions of people. In the US, TB is some times seen in immigrants from poor countries. It is also associated with immune deficiency, including AIDS. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

What is the definition or description of: mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

Chronic infection: Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant strains are becoming common. ...Read more

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Do people with mycobacterium tuberculosis infection have a lot of pain?

Do people with mycobacterium tuberculosis infection have a lot of pain?

Usually not: Mycobacterial tuberculosis infection can affect any part of the body and depending on the organ affected may have dull pain especially if skin and/or bone are involved. In vast majority of patients with TB pain is not a dominant symptom. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

For TB: Treatment is empiric at first, most commonly using four drugs to avoid the development of resistant organisms. After testing of the bug (which can take 8 weeks), treatment can be narrowed to two drugs to which it is susceptible, but continued for a total of 6 months (at least). Treatment of TB works best when it is administered under direct supervision of a qualified public health official. ...Read more

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Will mycobacterium tuberculosis infection kill me if I don't get treatment?

Yes: And you will hurt everyone you love and live with by infecting them as well. In many countries you don't get to decide. You either take the treatment voluntarily or you get detained and kept in isolation. This applies to open tuberculosis. If you have latent tuberculosis, it's a different story. Chances of death from latent TB are almost zero, unless it turns into the open form. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

What's the best treatment to get rid of mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

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 century when it was called "consumption." Nowadays it is unusual in the US but still common in the 3rd world and very serious. Treatment is a regimen of 2 to 4 drugs for many months. Resistant strains are cropping up, which complicates matters greatly. ...Read more

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Life expectancy with atypical mycobacterium kansasii?

Life expectancy with atypical mycobacterium kansasii?

It depends: On whether the individual has underlying diseases that might make the infection worse or affect mortality as well. ...Read more

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How does mycobacterium leprae spread?

How does mycobacterium leprae spread?

Leprosy: About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by lengthy & close contact with nasal droplets from an infected person. Armadillos serve as a vector for Leprosy in the US. ...Read more

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