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Does anyone know if tuberculosis can be genetically inherited, say from a parent to a child?

Does anyone know if tuberculosis can be genetically inherited, say from a parent to a child?

No.: Tuberculosis is an infectious disease, caused by the bacteria mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is not genetic. However, if a woman has TB while pregnant, it is possible for her fetus to become infected in utero. Though extremely rare, TB can reach the baby through the placenta or infected amniotic fluid. Exposure to the mother's respiratory secretions after birth can also transmit TB to the newborn.

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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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Koch's spine is the tuberculosis of the spine which happens due to infection. But how a person gets infected? What may be the reasons? Is it hereditary?

Koch's spine is the tuberculosis of the spine which happens due to infection. But how a person gets infected? What may be the reasons? Is it hereditary?

No hereditary: Tuberculosis of spine is consider as potts disease/ spine. Tuberculosis of spine is not hereditary disease. Once person get primarily infected with mycobacterial tuberculosis, they can get this disease via spread to vertebrae, more common at thoracic spine.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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How can I get tuberculosis in usa?

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is latent and active tuberculosis?

Latent and active TB: Latent Tuberculosis iwhen you have been exposed to the Toberculosis Bacteria in the past and that did not result in active disease. It is called Primary complex which heals. But it makes PPD skin test Positive Active Tuberculosis is when the disease is active with symptoms like cough, fever, night sweats, expectoraton and weight loss, Sputum culture is positive&Rrays is positive. Is contagious&needsRx

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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.

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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!

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