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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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Im having chronic cough since last 4 years.tested negative for Tuberculosis . CT scans show collapse and closure of RLL , RML. what is bronchi stasis?

Im having chronic cough since last 4 years.tested negative for Tuberculosis . CT scans show collapse and closure of RLL ,  RML. what is bronchi stasis?

Lung condition: Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung condition that develops slowly and makes you prone to lung infections. It can be managed by your Family Doctor or a Pulmonologist and usually doesn't interfere greatly with regular life. Here is a website to read more: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/bronchiectasis/ ...Read more

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How does tuberculosis spread?

How does tuberculosis spread?

Airborne: When people who have active tuberculosis in the lung cough, thousands to hundreds of thousands of TB causing bacteria become airborne. People in close proximity will inhale the bacteria and thus get the disease. ...Read more

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What drugs treat tuberculosis?

What drugs treat tuberculosis?

Excellent article: See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tuberculosis/basics/definition/con-20021761

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How can I get tuberculosis in usa?

Close contact: By being in close contact with someone who has it. ...Read more

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What is latent and active tuberculosis?

What is latent and active tuberculosis?

Need chest X-ray: Positive TB skin test simply means tested person was exposed to an active case of tb. If the person remains asymptomatic (free of active disease signs, e.g., weight loss, night sweat, cough, etc) with negative chest x-ray, he (she) has a latent tb. ...Read more

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I have untreated tuberculosis, can I die?

I have untreated tuberculosis, can I die?

Yes: Slowly, painfully, many have before effective treatments were developed. Nowadays, the risk is minimal, particularly if you are otherwise in good health. Tb is very treatable with minor exceptions. ...Read more

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How can you treat tuberculosis if i have?

TB treatment: First you need a diagnosis so you need to see a doctor immediately. Mask to prevent spread. A TB culture will be obtained. Most start 4 antitb medications until its know to which medicines the infection is susceptible (takes about 1mo). Then decrease to the fewest number of medicines possible based on the culture tests & based on your disease burden & your treatmt response. Most cured in 6mo. ...Read more

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How can I manage protracted tuberculosis?

See a specialist: Active tuberculosis treatment, especially complicated, is something that should be managed closely with a doctor (an infectious disease specialist, if available). There is no simple way to manage it. Management is with antibiotics and close followup to ensure everything remains safe, as treatment will be for months. ...Read more

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