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What is the difference between tuberculosis and pneumonia?

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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.
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Which treatment works the best and fastest for mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

For TB

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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.
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Dr. Lokesh Guglani answered:

What is the definition or description of: Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

Chronic infection

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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 strains are becoming common.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

How common is it for somebody to get mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

Common

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World wide TB is an endemic illness affecting millions of people. In the US TB is some times seen in immigrants from poor countries. It is also associated with immune deficiency, including AIDS.
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What's the best treatment to get rid of mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

Multi-drug therapy

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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.
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Dr. Carlo M. Hatem answered:

Will mycobacterium tuberculosis infection kill me if I don't get treatment?

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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.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

Do people with mycobacterium tuberculosis infection have a lot of pain?

Usually not

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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.
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Dr. Michael E. Ein answered:

How do you tell the difference between pneumonia and tuberculosis?

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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.
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Dr. Michael E. Ein answered:

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

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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.
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Dr. Michael E. Ein answered:

What are some differences between acute bacterial pneumonia and tuberculosis?

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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.
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