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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?

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 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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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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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