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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 can a pregnant woman do about exposure to an active tuberculosis patient?

What can a pregnant woman do about exposure to an active tuberculosis patient?

PPD testing serially: Serial PPD (tuberculosis skin testing) should be performed to determine if this pregnant woman had been previously exposed to tb, or if this exposure was enough to convert her PPD from negative to positive. New PPD conversions to positive should be assessed for active TB with chest x-ray and treated fully with anti-tb medication(s) as Isoniazid for 6-9 months. See a maternal-fetal medicine doctor! ...Read more

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I had exposure to a tuberculous pt recently who was untreated and bleeding from mouth. Was quite near when she was coughing.guide about my risks n tes?

I had exposure to a tuberculous pt recently who was untreated and bleeding from mouth. Was quite near when she was coughing.guide about my risks n tes?

Risks...: First, you need to find out if you have a positive tuberculosis skin test. If you have a positive skin test, you can take medications to decrease your risk of developing active tuberculosis. Typically, it takes a bigger exposure than you describe to contract TB, but see your doctor and get a skin test to figure out if you need treatment or not. ...Read more

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What is tuberculosis?

What is tuberculosis?

MycobacteriumTubercu: Tuberculosis is an infection by a bacteria MycobacteriumTuberculi Most of the time it affects Lungs but can infect other organs like Lymph Glands,kidneys and the spine.It can really affect other organs rarely bones,brain and Gastrointinal System Needs to be treated with multiple antibiotics for several months And it is very contagious ...Read more

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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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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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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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What drugs treat tuberculosis?

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

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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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How can tuberculosis latency work?

Tuberculosis latency: Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) occurs when one has been infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, but does not have active tuberculosis disease. It is not contagious in this state. ...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 can I get tuberculosis in usa?

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

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Can you tell me about tuberculosis?

Can't do it justice: in 400 characters of less. But here is a good overview by Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tuberculosis/home/ovc-20188556 ...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 happens if you have tuberculosis?

Its depends: Two types of tuberculosis (TB) exist. Each requires a specialist. Active TB often leads to fevers, cough, weight loss, weakness & night sweats. This type of TB is serious, highly contagious & requires several antibiotics to be taken for months. Fortunately active TB is a rare infection in the USA. Latent TB is more common, causes no symptoms, but it still requires an antibiotic for 6 to 9 months. ...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 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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How do you get tested for tuberculosis?

See doctor: Your doctor can perform either a skin test or a blood test to see if you have ever been infected with tuberculosis in the past and a chest x-ray and other tests to look for any form of active disease at present. ...Read more

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Tuberculosis (Definition)

A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that ...Read more