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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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Dr. Scott Lindquist
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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

Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more