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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Life Cycle
ThroughTheLab: You can not culture Mycobacterium Tuberculosis by your self. The specimen has to be collected by your doctor or healthcare provider properly and sent to be Bacteriological Laboratory to be cultured where it is incubated for several days to grow the mycobacterium as it is slow growing bacteria ...Read more
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
InfectionAndSpread: Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Bacteria attacks healthy&some not so healthy people when they are exposed to some one who is already infected&has active infection with positive bacteria in their lungs. And by close contact one can acquire that bacteria. Not every one who gets infected comes up with the active disease but some do and others overcome with body's resistannce. Those infected are contagious ...Read more
Infects and prevails: Mycobacterium Tuberculosis is a bacteria that causes Disease Tuberculosis in humans. The most common infection is in the lungs but it can infect other organs in the body as well. How it calls infection is the same way any other infectioius agent enters our body. Our body tries to fight the infection on it's own and many are able to survive that. While others succumb to it and end up with disease ...Read more
Complex: Mtb is acquired thru respiratory route and replicates in the lung before asymptomatically disseminates to other organs. After about 6-8 weeks, the immune system starts to respond to the bug, walling the bacilli off in granulomas. Other than a positive skin test, 90% of people stay well. Of the rest, half will "reactivate" within 2 yrs and the others later sometimes due to immune suppression. ...Read more
Chronic infection: 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 strains are becoming common. ...Read more
AntibioticResistance: Resistance is caused by non compliance as people do not take two or three drugs for six months or more. It in the long term make some antibiotics ineffective due to bacterial resistance. But another factor is the Bacteria become smart and as the Antibiotics are used over the years find a different mode to survive like all other Antibiotcs we have used over the years. It is a big problem ...Read more
Not for prime time: Cord factor is a molecule that enhances virulence of mtb. Usually the non-tuberculous mycobacterium don't have it so it can be used to differentiate between the infections. Why? Mtb is considered contagious & non-tb mycobacterium are not frequently so. Experimentally this factor has been looked at as a quick test to differentiate between the 2 types of infection. Not yet commercially available. ...Read more
For TB: Treatment is empiric at first, most commonly using four drugs to avoid the development of resistant organisms. After testing of the bug (which can take 8 weeks), treatment can be narrowed to two drugs to which it is susceptible, but continued for a total of 6 months (at least). Treatment of TB works best when it is administered under direct supervision of a qualified public health official. ...Read more
Usually not: Mycobacterial tuberculosis infection can affect any part of the body and depending on the organ affected may have dull pain especially if skin and/or bone are involved. In vast majority of patients with TB pain is not a dominant symptom. ...Read more
Test for genital TB: This is a test to see if you have genital tract tuberculosis, i.e. TB of the uterus, fallopian tubes, etc. ...Read more
Clarify with doc: It is either mycobacterium tuberculosis or mycobacterium avium or something else. Probably the lab is working on it. Clarify with your doc although the final result may take a few more days. ...Read more
What is the most common with aids patients -- mycobacterium avium-complex or mycobacterium tuberculosis?
Both are common: Most of the mai cases occur with low CD4 counts. Tb not necessarily. ...Read more
And you will hurt everyone you love and live with by infecting them as well. In many countries you don't get to decide. You either take the treatment voluntarily or you get detained and kept in isolation.
This applies to open tuberculosis. If you have latent tuberculosis, it's a different story. Chances of death from latent TB are almost zero, unless it turns into the open form. ...Read more
Multi-drug therapy: Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. This was the among the most common causes of lung disease in the early 20th century when it was called "consumption." Nowadays it is unusual in the US but still common in the 3rd world and very serious. Treatment is a regimen of 2 to 4 drugs for many months. Resistant strains are cropping up, which complicates matters greatly. ...Read more
Is "mycobacterium tuberculosis " can cause kyphosis or scoliosis directly (without affecting the lungs)?!
Yes: It is possible to get tuberculosis of the spine which can cause significant damage and deformity. However, it usually has pain along with the infection. The TB germs may enter the body through the lungs but then be controlled there but circulate and cause their major damage outside the lungs sometime later. ...Read more
Age 65, NHL in remission, Persistent cough. Sputum culture: Mycobacterium other than tuberculosis. Place suggest next steps.
Hi Trying to conceive for 3 yrs underwent laparoscopy for endometriosis, culture report states mycobacterium other than tuberculosis. Doc prescrb akt4?
Best wishes: You seem to under good care. Please follow up with your doctor and wish you the best ...Read more
Inflammation: Tb is an infection which can cause an inflammatory reaction and scar tissue can be the result of that process. ...Read more
Hi sir, I have been diagnosed with mycobacterium tuberculosis of uterus, I am takng akurit-4 four tabs a day empty stomach, what's the cause of ths diseas?
TB: You have tuberculosis (TB) of the uterus. Tb is an infection caused by a bacterium called mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is usually acquired through the air by inhalation. It remains dormant in the body for years and then if there is a decrease in immunity it can cause an infection anywhere. In your case it is in the uterus. ...Read more
My wife's hyterscopy result shows mycobacterium tuberclosis complex. I want to know whether this will any way affect her future pregnancy after treat?
Age 22yrs. Mycobacterium tuberclosis complex detected in uterus after hyterscopy. How will it affect future pregnancy. Also have thyroid problem.
Complicated: This is a very complicated and relatively rare condition. You should speak with your ob/gyn about it. Healthtap is great but any advice on that subject you get is not going to be very well informed. A doctor needs to read your medical chart, see the results of lab test and know more about your history. Consult a doctor who knows the entire story. ...Read more
It depends: On whether the individual has underlying diseases that might make the infection worse or affect mortality as well. ...Read more
M. abscessus: Mycobacterium abscessus complex is a group of rapidly growing, multidrug-resistant, nontuberculous mycobacteria. They can cause a whole range of skin and soft tissue diseases, central nervous system infections, bacteremia, and ocular and other infections. Some of the drugs used include clarithromycin, amikacin, and cefoxitin. However treatment really is best coordinated by an ID doc who knows. ...Read more
Mycobacteria: Mycobacterium intracellulare is something of a difficult bacterium to treat. Depending on the site of infection, you either need an Infectious Diseases specialist or a lung specialist. Sometimes you need both! Usually this germ attacks those that are weakened - either by disease (cancer, AIDS) or some structural problem - such as damaged airways from smoking. There is good treatment, though. ...Read more