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Does ESR rises in tuberculosis.?

Does ESR rises in tuberculosis.?

Yes it does: Any infection or chronic inlammation will make the ESR rise. It is very common to see high ESR if you have active tb. But it is not diagnostic of TB as there are many other conditions like chronic arthritis or even some cancers which can increase the esr. So you need a good check up to find the cause. ...Read more

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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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My wife (23) had an ESR test done and the result is 40mm/hour. Does this mean she has an tuberculosis infection?

My wife (23) had an ESR test done and the result is 40mm/hour. Does this mean she has an tuberculosis infection?

No, ESR nonspecific!: The ESR, (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate), is a very nonspecific test. It can be elevated in a great many diseases. Sometimes, when it is very high, it can be more helpful, but only when it's combined with other lab results or symptoms, and can help pinpoint a diagnosis. 40 is not high enough to be very helpful. Other findings on lab, imaging and/or biopsies (if done), must be used to diagnose TB ...Read more

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My wife (23) had an ESR test done and the result is 40mm/hour. Does this mean she has an tuberculosis infection?

My wife (23) had an ESR test done and the result is 40mm/hour. Does this mean she has an tuberculosis infection?

NO- many causes: An elevated ESR is a common but nonspecific marker for inflammation. This is usually caused by autoimmune inflammatory conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus but can also be caused by both acute and chronic infections. It is possible that it could be elevated due to tuberculosis, but there are MANY other possible causes so she needs further more specific testing to see if she has TB. ...Read more

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How is tuberculosis spread?

How is tuberculosis spread?

Spread through Air: When an infected person with active disease coughs the TB germs are released in air and if one inhales it, they get infected. That is why all contacts are adviced to wear masks ...Read more

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How serious is tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis: Few years ago, who estimated, one third of world population get TB infection. Highest rate: se asia, china, india, africa and latin america. If left untreated, 5-10% develop TB disease. Crowded, poor environmental condition, poor nutritional status enhance transmission.
A slow killing disease, can affect every human organ, if untreated causes death. 3-4 meds needed for minimum 9 months for cure. ...Read more

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Can you die from tuberculosis?

Can you die from tuberculosis?

Yes: If untreated, tuberculosis can progress and kill. There are good treatments for TB, and in most cases is ...Read more

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Can you advise for tuberculosis?

TB: The tuberculosis bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection and TB disease. Treatment for both entails taking antibiotics for a significant period. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tuberculosis?

Consult ID Specialis: If you have been diagnosed with Tuberculosis you should consult an ID Specialist and get it appropriately treated ...Read more

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How is tuberculosis usually treated?

How is tuberculosis usually treated?

Antibiotics: While it depends on the type and site of the tuberculosis (TB) infection, TB is generally treated with a combination of 3 or 4 antibiotics. The antibiotics are used for 6-9 months, and sometimes longer depending on the nature of the infection. Tb is a notoriously slow dividing bacteria, and this slow growth is the reason it takes so long for a TB infection to be treated. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of tuberculosis??

What is the symptoms of tuberculosis??

Symptoms: Cough, weight loss, night sweats and shortness of breath. see your MD and get a chest X-ray and a ppd placed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for tuberculosis?

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Varies: Symptoms include cough [with mucus, blood], excessive night sweating, fatigue, fever, and unintentional weight loss. If you suspect that you may have been exposed to tb, see your physician for testing. ...Read more

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What is Tuberculosis? And it's symptoms?

Bacterial infection: TB is an infection due to Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The most common location of infection is in the lungs and is manifested by cough with sputum, low grade fever and weight loss. TB can spread to other organs too if left untreated. Chest xray, serologic testing or sputum culture are means to diagnose. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Is there chances of undiagnosed tuberculosis.?

Yes: Tuberculosis is a disease that can remain in it's latent or asymptomatic phase for many years. If concerned there are simple skin tests and blood tests that can check to see if you have this, so see your doctor if you think you may have been exposed to it so that you get tested. ...Read more

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What is the medication for treating tuberculosis?

There are many.: This reference lists 41 of them: https://www. Drugs. Com/condition/tuberculosis-active. Html ...Read more

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What is tuberculosis like and how dangerous it is?

What is tuberculosis like and how dangerous it is?

Infection: Caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis, mainly affecting the lungs although it can harm any part of the body. Only TB of lungs & throat can be infectious. Usual symptoms are generalized tiredness, weight loss, fever & night sweats. If the infection in the lung worsen, further symptoms include chest pain, coughing up blood & shortness of breath.Treated w combination meds for 6 months. It is infectious. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the symptoms of tuberculosis?

Lung inflammation: Tuberculosis (TB) can spread to many organ systems but involves lungs as initial site of infection. It induces intense inflammation that destroys normal lung tissue & causes cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, fever & night sweat. Body's immune system tries to contain infection by forming granulomas to wall off the TB bug, but cytokines released by activated immune cells causes damage to lungs. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a person to get tuberculosis?

What are the chances of a person to get tuberculosis?

Low in the US: In the us, about 3 to 4 people out every 100, 000 develop TB every year. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tuberculosis? What causes it?

TB: Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB symptoms may include: Coughing for 3 or more weeks, chest pain, weight loss, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, night sweats, coughing up blood and /or pain when breathing or coughing. REF: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/tuberculosis/symptoms-causes/dxc-20188557 ...Read more

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Dr, is there any differences between m. tuberculosis hominis and m. tuberculosis?

Yes different Bacter: These are two different bacteria but you are confusing the names
Mycobacteriun Tuberculosis is a bacteria which causes Tuberculosis in humans
The other is Mycobacterium Avium Hominissuis. It is a bacteria which does not cause Tuerculosis ...Read more

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How fatal is tuberculosis?

That depends: Has it been treated? What part of the body has it infected? Is it drug resistant? How compliant has one been with treatment? How advanced is it? ...Read more

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Is tuberculosis contagious?

Is tuberculosis contagious?

Yes: Pulmonary TB is contagious especially if it is cavitary. ...Read more

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How to avoid tuberculosis??

Avoid close contact: Tuberculosis (TB) is transmitted by respiratory droplets (small drops of water breathed out from someone infected with TB esp coughing). It is more easily caught when living in cramped quarters with someone infected, and if unhealthy/have poor nutrition. Good nutrition/exercise, no smoking/alcohol, avoiding infected people or, if unavoidable, then wearing an N95 mask around them, all help. ...Read more

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What microbe causes tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis: Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. ...Read more

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Is tuberculosis of neck dangerous?

Yes: Tuberculosis of anything is dangerous, and the infected person needs to be treated and that person's contacts need to be protected. ...Read more

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How can the tuberculosis test given?

Skin or blood test: There is a skin test or a blood test. Usually the skin test (PPD) is done. ...Read more

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How can the tuberculosis test work?

Two forms: There are 2 TB tests - PPD shot (given in forearm & swelling at that site is measured after 48-72 hours) and a newer blood test (quantiferon) that tests for immune response in blood cells. Both tests assess the response of t lymphocytes to several proteins that are present in the TB bug. Positive test would only mean that you have been exposed to TB bug. More tests are needed for active infection. ...Read more

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How does tuberculosis lead to pneumonia?

How does tuberculosis lead to pneumonia?

Immune deficiency: TB can present as rare pneumonia. High fever and productive cough. It occurs most often in extremely young children and the elderly, patients with immunosuppression, such as HIV-infected, AIDS patients. Usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB is spread through the air from one person to another. Usually with coughing by person with TB. Most infected people have immune system to prevent pna ...Read more

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How to prevent tuberculosis effectively?

Avoid exposure: Tb spreads by inhalation of droplets carrying the TB bug that were coughed out by an infected person. Therefore avoiding coming in contact with anyone with active TB disease would be the best preventive strategy. Other risk factors include - exposure to imprisoned individuals, homeless individuals, travel to TB endemic countries, immunocompromised status etc. ...Read more

Esr (Definition)

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate is a medical test for inflammation, where blood is centrifuged & rate of sedimentation is ...Read more


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