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What is the difference between tuberculosis and pneumonia?

What is the difference between tuberculosis and pneumonia?

Special testing: Pneumonia is a general term for any lung infection caused by a variety of pathogens (bacteria, virus, fungus or parasites). Tuberculosis (TB) is a very specific type of infection caused by a unique bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tb may occasionally spread outside the lung affecting almost any other part of the body. Special testing in a lab is required to prove that someone has tb. ...Read more

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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 is the difference between pneumonia and tuberculosis?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is a general term implying acute lung airspace infection or inflammation due to a variety of causes, including numerous bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Tuberculosis is an infection by a specific mycobacterium. It can affect the lungs and also other parts of the body. It can be acute or chronic. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between pneumonia and tuberculosis?

How do you tell the difference between pneumonia and tuberculosis?

See below: Pneumonia causes cough, fever, sometimes shortness of breath and chest pains. Rales are heard on auscultation of the lungs and an infiltrate is seen on chest x-ray. Tb is a more chronic illness characterized by cough, night sweats, weight loss, a positive PPD skin test or gamma interferon release test with apical infiltrates on cxr.Sputum smears and cultures are + afb/tb.Tb can cause a pneumonia. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference in pneumonia and TB on a chest x-ray?

How do you know the difference in pneumonia and TB on a chest x-ray?

Looks different: Pneumonia is a patchy or consolidated infiltrate, and TB are smaller cavitay lesions or spots in the lung. ...Read more

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What is the differences between the symptoms of tuberculosis and pneumonia ?

What is the differences between the symptoms of tuberculosis and pneumonia ?

See below: Pneumonia has an acute onset of cough, fever and sometimes shortness of breath and chest pains. Rales are heard on auscultation of the lungs and an infiltrate is seen on chest x-ray. Tb is a more chronic illness characterized by cough, night sweats, weight loss, a positive PPD skin test or gamma interferon release test with apical infiltrates on cxr. Sputum smears and cultures are + for afb/tb. ...Read more

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What are some differences between acute bacterial pneumonia and tuberculosis?

What are some differences between acute bacterial pneumonia and tuberculosis?

See below: Pneumonia causes cough, fever, sometimes shortness of breath and chest pains. Rales are heard on auscultation of the lungs and an infiltrate is seen on chest x-ray. Tb is a more chronic illness characterized by cough, night sweats, weight loss, a positive PPD skin test or gamma interferon release test with apical infiltrates on cxr.Sputum smears and cultures are + afb/tb.Tb can cause pneumonia too. ...Read more

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Different between pneumonia and tb?

Different between pneumonia and tb?

See below: Pneumonia causes cough, fever, sometimes shortness of breath and chest pains. Rales are heard on auscultation of the lungs and an infiltrate is seen on chest x-ray. Tb is a more chronic illness characterized by cough, night sweats, weight loss, a positive PPD skin test or gamma interferon release test with apical infiltrates on cxr.Sputum smears and cultures are + afb/tb.Tb can cause pneumonia too. ...Read more

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When comparing tuberculosis, pertussis, and pneumonia, why don't we have a good vaccine for tb?

When comparing tuberculosis, pertussis, and pneumonia, why don't we have a good vaccine for tb?

Variable immunity: The typical immune response is variable to disease in the TB family. As a result one vaccine is not llikely to produce long term protection. In general it is harder to create vaccines that provide long term immunity for bacteria, we have had more success with virus based disease in terms of successful long term vaccines. That's why as adults we need additional boosters for pertussis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about latent infections tb, pneumonia, and fungal infections?

Can you tell me about latent infections tb, pneumonia, and fungal infections?

3 different issues: Latent TB may present many different ways, as lung or skin issues or even as an incidental find on a routine xray. Annual ppds should find it if positive. Tb is a fungus mycobacterium and may be transmitted person to person via resp pathway or via birds as in mai you should see an md for testing if concerned. ...Read more

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What does Ptb mean? Is it possible to have pneumonia and tb at the same time? Doctor said to have another x-ray after taking clarithromycin for 7 days

What does Ptb mean? Is it possible to have pneumonia and tb at the same time? Doctor said to have another x-ray after taking clarithromycin for 7 days

Pulmonary TB: Pulmonary tuberculosis is TB in the lung, which could be inactive or active (the treatment is different for each condition). A person can have PTB and still get almost any other disease known to man. Having PTB does not prevent one from getting other diseases. ...Read more

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My dad 81yr has fluid in lungs.Keeps forming & breathless on oxygen & weak.Tests show no cancer.On symptoms being given meds for Tb & pneumonia.Help?

My dad 81yr has fluid in lungs.Keeps forming & breathless on oxygen & weak.Tests show no cancer.On symptoms being given meds for Tb & pneumonia.Help?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath can happen from lung and heart disease, fluid in the lung indicates heart failure and heart disease. He may have associated pneumonia also. He may have some clinical indication to be on anti tuberculosis treatment. you can call our consult line with all the lab and x- ray results to get a better understanding of your fathers condition. ...Read more

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Recovered from pleural effusion frm pneumonia 12 days ago but still having pleurisy.Is it normal?Ctscan, xray, cbc, tibc, ana, ferittin, TB shows normal

Recovered from pleural effusion frm pneumonia 12 days ago but still having pleurisy.Is it normal?Ctscan, xray, cbc, tibc, ana, ferittin, TB shows normal

Yes: In general, the pleural (lining of the lungs) may become inflammed or infected with a pneumonia. The fluid that is part of the normal lubrication of the lungs may collect abnormally -- which is called an effusion. Once it is resorbed, residual pain and discomfort may be experienced for several weeks to months after the event. ...Read more

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What is the transition from pneumonitis to tb?

See below: You are referring to latent TB becoming TB pulmonary infection. After primary TB infection the organism becomes latent within granulomata in the body. In 10% of infected persons (5% within 2 years of primary infection) this latent TB reactivates and causes active infection most commonly in the lungs but also in lymph nodes, cns, kidneys, peritoneum, bone etc. Aging and immunosuppression preceed. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I have hazed infiltrates in the right lung field (consider interstitial pneumonitis. TB infection?

Depends: I would need more information on your medical history and risk factors. if you have the image available that would be very helpful. Which country were you born in? have you been exposed to TB? do you have fever, cihills, nightsweats, or weight loss? Are you on any medications? ...Read more

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My brother has mono, my sister has tb, pcp pnemonia, are there any precautions i need to take when around them?

Mgt: If your sister has both TB and PCP pneumonia, her oxygen levels and immune system should be tested for any abnormalities. I would advise household members and family to be tested for TB exposure, with a skin test. Avoid contact with respiratory droplets. ...Read more

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How does tuberculosis lead to pneumonia?

How does tuberculosis lead to pneumonia?

Immune deficiency: TB can present as rare pneumonia. High fever and productive cough. It occurs most often in extremely young children and the elderly, patients with immunosuppression, such as HIV-infected,AIDS patients.Usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.TB is spread through the air from one person to another. usually with coughing by person with TB. Most infected people have immune system to prevent pna ...Read more

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How to tell if I have pneumonia or tuberculosis?

See below: Pneumonia characterized by acute onset of cough, fever and sometimes shortness of breath and chest pains. Rales are heard on auscultation of the lungs and an infiltrate is seen on chest x-ray. Tb is a more chronic illness characterized by cough, night sweats, weight loss, a positive PPD skin test or quantiferon TB blood test with apical infiltrates on cxr. Sputum smears and cultures are + afb. ...Read more

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What can you do if you have tuberculosis and pneumonia at the same time?

Do you mean: two separate infections, or pneumonia due to TB? You probably need to be under the care of a pulmonologist or infectious disease specialist to be sure you are getting the right treatment. ...Read more

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