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Is tuberculosis contagious?

Is tuberculosis contagious?

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

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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What forms of tuberculosis are contagious?

What forms of tuberculosis are contagious?

Contagious: TB Disease from the lung/ larynx can be transmitted. Latent TB Infection is not contagious in that state. ...Read more

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Is bone tuberculosis contagious?

Is bone tuberculosis contagious?

No: Only if you have lung tuberculosis only. Not to worry.

Make sure you see a TB expert also. ...Read more

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Is lymph node tuberculosis contagious? And is it hard to cure?

Is lymph node tuberculosis contagious? And is it hard to cure?

Scrofula: Scrofula, or TB lymphadenitis, is not contagious. However, anyone with this diagnosis should also have additional medical workup to be sure there is no pulmonary TB (infection in the lungs) which is contagious. TB lymphadenitis is quite treatable, but it is important that tissue from the lymph nodes is sent for culture and susceptibility testing to be sure standard treatment is appropriate. ...Read more

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Need to know is tuberculosis contagious or is it the bacteria?

Need to know is tuberculosis contagious or is it the bacteria?

Yes.: Tuberculosis is caused by an infection with a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This bacteria can infect the lungs and other body sites. Tuberculosis is definitely contagious and can be spread from person to person. Tuberculosis can be a serious health problem and can require many months of therapy with multiple antibiotics to cure. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What is intestinal adhesion/tuberculosis? How is it treated?

What is intestinal adhesion/tuberculosis? How is it treated?

Scar tissue: Intestinal adhesions refer to scar tissue, typically caused by the body's normal healing process after an abdominal operation. If they are related to tuberculosis (TB), treatment of the infection is the best treatment, with surgery as a last resort. Abdominal TB is a serious problem. Ask you doctor about a referral to an infectious disease specialist if this is the case. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is there any new method to diagnose intestinal tuberculosis?

R/O. TB: TB can be very difficult to diagnose. You need a full exam /blood work. Lab serology to check for TB presence and sputum samples on 3 separate days as well as CT scan of Chest/Abd/Pelvis. GI consult for Endoscopy and Colonoscopy. If results come back positive sensitivity is critical to decide on proper regimen. ...Read more

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How is intestinal tuberculosis transmitted? Can it spread to other organs?

How is intestinal tuberculosis transmitted? Can it spread to other organs?

Intestinal tb: Intestinal TB usually infects the end of the small intestine called the ileum. Occasionally the colon is involved. Usually TB is spread by air droplets and coughing. Tb of the intestines could theoretically be transmitted if someone inhales or comes in contact with infected stool. This would be uncommon. ...Read more

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Is spinal tuberculosis contagious can relative persons like kids and wife effected from?

Portal of entry: Pot's disease of the spine is enclosed and unless the area is opened for treatment and drainage, then that area is not contagious. The problem is the usual source is TB of the lungs and this is the source of spreading the disease especially to close contacts due to coughing and secretions. ...Read more

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What are the causes of tuberculosis? How contagious is TB and can breathing clean air help?

Complicated question: Tb is mycobacterium tuberculosis. There are more than sever related mycobacterium species though. It is contagious. Very in fact if you have active pulmonary disease. Other forms are less infective or pose no threat transmit at all like bone infection (pott's puffy tumor). Can breathing clean air help. Well. It won't hurt. That's what the TB sanitariums of the 16-20th centuries were doing. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my girlfriend has a "minimal tuberculosis". she's worried if I'm infected, is it contagious?

What do you suggest if my girlfriend has a "minimal tuberculosis". she's worried if I'm infected, is it contagious?

TB: Yes TB is contagious but not highly contagious. If she really has TB that is active though you should go to the health department to be checked for free. ...Read more

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Diagnosis method to small intestine tuberculosis?

Diagnosis method to small intestine tuberculosis?

CAPSULE ENDOSOCPY: Traditional Endoscopy rarely reached the small bowel. Capsule endoscopy can show photos of the anatomy of the Small bowel to suggest a diagnosis. Also stool cultures x 3 samples on 3 seperate days hold for AFB smear and culture. Also evaluate for pulmonary TB with chest CT and sputum samples. ...Read more

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It's good method to diagnose small intestinal tuberculosis by endoscopy?

It's good method to diagnose small intestinal tuberculosis by endoscopy?

CAPSULE ENDOSOCPY: Traditional Endoscopy rarely reached the small bowel. Capsule endoscopy can show photos of the anatomy of the Small bowel to suggest a diagnosis. Also stool cultures x 3 samples on 3 seperate days hold for AFB smear and culture. Also evaluate for pulmonary TB with chest CT and sputum samples. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my friend has tuberculosis. Contagious?

What do you suggest if my friend has tuberculosis. Contagious?

Active pulmonary: Tuberculosis that is either not treated or ineffectively treated can be contagious. ...Read more

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Can be diagnose intestinal tuberculosis by antral biopsy?

Can be diagnose intestinal tuberculosis by antral biopsy?

No: It would be possible to diagnose gastric tuberculosis, which is extremely rare, by antral biopsy, but not intestinal tuberculosis. A diagnosis of intestinal tuberculosis would require a biopsy somewhere in the small intestines. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is intestinal adhesion/tuberculosis?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is intestinal adhesion/tuberculosis?

Two questions: Intestinal adhesions are either congenital or acquired. These a fibrous bands between loops of bowel that tether loops of bowel and can be asymptomatic or cause chronic pain or bowel obstruction
The acquired kind may be post operative or post peritonitis (infection) One type of peritonitis is tuberculosis that affect the abdominal cavity similar how as it affects the lungs ...Read more

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Is fibrotic pulmonary tuberculosis contagious?

Is fibrotic pulmonary tuberculosis contagious?

Yes if active: Any form of active pulmonary tuberculosis can be contagious. Fibrotic only refers to the appearance on imaging. Active pulm TB can have many appearances including fibrotic, cavitary, nodular, etc. ...Read more

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Hello doc, one of my friend is suffering from MDR lymph node tuberculosis. Reports of sputum are negative. So is this condition contagious? Pls help.

TB: Generally speaking, TB would be spread in the sputum via coughing and to a lesser extent breathing. So I would not see this as contagious if there are no organisms noted in the sputum. That being said, everyone and anyone should probably wear a mask around him as an extra later of precaution. ...Read more

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I have been diagnoses with tuberculosis lymphadenitis. Is it contagious? My chest X-ray was normal.

No, not contagious.: Was skin tuberculin test positive?
Need to take INH 300 mg daily for at least 9 months.
See a TB specialist if possible or infectious disease doc. ...Read more

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What is intestinal tuberculosis findings on CT scan and endoscopy?

What is intestinal tuberculosis findings on CT scan and endoscopy?

Several..: Mesenteric adenitis, Adhesion, Thickening of bowel wall. Endo will show caseating ulce, narrowing.....talk to a GI. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, I have tuberculosis on my Rt epididimo and Rt Testicle. Is it contagious and spreadable I mean am I harmful to others? I have done exploration of testis from renowned hospital.

TB treatment: TB can start in the lungs and spread to other organs or it can skip the lungs and spread to other organs. If you have had TB treatment you are not infectious. TB is usually an airborne infection and If your TB did not effect your lungs you would also be less likely to be infectious to others unless you had very close contact. ...Read more

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Are intestinal viruses contagious?

Are intestinal viruses contagious?

Many are: In fact many are highly contagious. Please be extra precarious with hand hygiene around individuals that are suffering with diarrhea. ...Read more

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Is tuberculous meningitis contagious?

Is tuberculous meningitis contagious?

No: Tuberculosis in any other organ but the lung is not easily transmissible and not considered contagious. On the other hand, tuberculosis in the lungs is very contagious. ...Read more

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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

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