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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
No: Latent TB is exactly what it sounds like, latent. The body has sequestered the TB away in granulomas, and treatment is to eradicate the TB so that it doesn't pop out at a later point to cause disease. There should be no active disease with TB (or else it wouldn't be latent). ...Read more
A dormant infection: Latent TB is when someone gets TB and the body is able to suppress the infection but not fully get rid of the organism. They are then "dormant". When your immune system gets compromised or weakened the infection can "wake up" and reactive and become active again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: This is a term that is not usually used for Tuberculosis of the lungs. It is either active TB or latent TB. They best way to determine if you are infectious is to get a sputum sample that your lab or provider can do an AFB stain and culture. There are also rapid molecular tests that can do this also. If your sputum is positive, you are infectious. ...Read more
Depends: Tb is spread through the air from person to person when a person with TB in the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes or talks and another person breaths in the bacteria. People with urinary TB can also have TB outside of the urinary tract (i.e. The lungs or throat), which impacts their ability to infect others. Tb that is only in the urinary tract is rarely contagious. ...Read more
My CT scan reports states "Calcified Granulomas & Fibrotic Nodules. NO active lesions" but i never had TB how to prove it is not TB.
Quantiferon TB test: A normal, healthy person in such a situation can do a Quantiferon TB blood test. If the result is negative, then it is very unlikely that one had TB in the past. If both a PPD test and a Quantiferon TB test are negative, in an otherwise healthy person, that would be good evidence of not having had a TB infection. ...Read more
No: But you clearly want to see a TB expert. Your question is unclear. With contagious TB there would be the health department on the case to avoid infection to other people. Something does not fit here. Check with your doc asap. ...Read more
CT result-Thorax extensive mediastinal lympopathy with central caseating ,TB lymphopathy to consider skin,blood culture negative it is TB disease?
Caseating granulomas: This sounds like tuberculosis, but may conceivably be systemic fungal infection like Histoplasmosis, rarely lymphoma or sarcoidosis. In India this is probably TB and either should be treated empirically or wait for the results of the biopsied lymph nodes. Sounds as if your doctor is very astute and would heed their advice. Best wishes. ...Read more
Possible: Chicken pox is a virus that can affect your immunity and if you were inadequately treated for TB, it could be reactivated. Chicken pox will often cause lymph nodes in the groin, axilla and head and neck to swell, but less likely to have swollen nodes in the chest or abdomen and those warrant more evaluation. ...Read more
Typo: This is probably a secretarial error for "calcified granuloma with focal caseation". ...Read more