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Dr. Scott Lindquist
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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is tb?

What is tb?

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. ...Read more

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What is MDR TB?

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. ...Read more

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How is TB spread?

How is TB spread?

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. ...Read more

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How can people fight tb?

How can people fight tb?

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. ...Read more

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What is active TB disease?

What is active TB disease?

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. ...Read more

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How do u know if u have tb?

How do u know if u have tb?

TB: Early in the disease there may be no signs or symptoms and you can only know by TB skin tests or chest xray. In later stages people may develop cough with sputum production, fever, weight loss, fatigue and numerous other problems. ...Read more

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Should I get tested for tb?

Depends: If you know or believe that you have been exposed, if you work in certain professions, if you believe you might have the disease or any other valid reason you can get tested. Routine testing for everyone is not recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more