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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 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 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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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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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?

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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Is there a possibility that you are diagnose with tuberculosis or pneumonia even if you don't have a cough?

Is there a possibility that you are diagnose with tuberculosis or pneumonia even if you don't have a cough?

Possible: Usually TB or pneumonia have some symptoms. Sometimes you can find a lesion on x-ray which may turn out to be tb. But pneumonias such as fungal infection can also be chance finding. ...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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Good morning dr. I would like to ask, . Does consolidation of lungs in pneumonia is the same as that happen at tuberculosis?

Good morning dr. I would like to ask, . Does consolidation of lungs in pneumonia is the same as that happen at tuberculosis?

Pneumonia: Consolidation is the change happens with pneumonia caused by any infectious agent, the picture and location may vary depending upon the type of the bug. ...Read more

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How will I know if I have pneumonia or tuberculosis? I have back pain and cough for a month already. My doct0r told me I have pneumonia last week.

How will I know if I have pneumonia or tuberculosis? I have back pain and cough for a month already. My doct0r told me I have pneumonia last week.

Chest X-ray: The diagnosis is usually made with a chest X-ray. Your symptoms can also suggest one diagnosis over another.
It seems like you have already been told it was pneumonia. ...Read more

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What is the difference between tuberculosis and bronchitis. (symptoms)?

What is the difference between tuberculosis and bronchitis. (symptoms)?

TB MAKES YOU SICKER: Tuberculosis can cause cough, expectoration, coughing up blood, fever, night sweats, chest discofort or pain depending on the spread in the lungs, shortness of breath, weight loss, fatigue, loss of appetite
bronchitis may cause cough, fever, expectoration and shorter course. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hepatitis and tuberculosis?

Hepatitis vs TB: Hepatitis means that your liver is inflammed -whether from infection (i.e. Hep C) or from another type of disease - say 'autoimmune hepatitis'. TB or tuberculosis refers to a disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis - which is a germ that ordinarily attacks the lungs, although other sites can be involved. Hepatitis from TB is very rare, so not sure 'what' your question really refers to. Ask HT ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute bronchitis and pneumonia?

What is the difference between acute bronchitis and pneumonia?

Location, Location: Bronchitis is an inflammation/infection of the bronchial tubes (airways) whereas pneumonia is an infection/inflammation of the air sacs of the lungs (alveoli). Both can cause similar symptoms (fever, chest pain, cough, sputum production) but sound different when your health care provider listens to your lungs. Also pneumonia can typically be seen on chest xray and bronchitis cannot. ...Read more

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What is the difference between regular pneumonia and pcp pneumonia?

What is the difference between regular pneumonia and pcp pneumonia?

Pneumonia.: 'regular' pneumonia is usually caused by bacteria. Pcp pneumonia is caused by a fungus (pneumocystis) and occurs in patients who have compromised immune systems (ex, aids). ...Read more

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What is the difference between regular pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

What is the difference between regular pneumonia and walking pneumonia?

Less severe: "walking pneumonia" just refers to a pneumonia in which patients have relatively milder symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia on an xray?

What is the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia on an xray?

See below: Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi (tubes which carry air to either the left or right lung). This is typically viral in origin. Bronchitis may not be visible on chest x-ray. Pneumonia is caused by an infection in the lung itself, not the tubes. This can be referred to as an "infiltrate" or "consolidation" and reflects buildup of puss and edema where infection has occurred. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pneumonia, pneumonitis?

Pneumonia: They are different terms for inflammation in the lung which can be infection-related or not. ...Read more

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What is the difference between typical and atypical pneumonia?

What is the difference between typical and atypical pneumonia?

Causing agents type: Typical pneumonia caused by typical organisms found in the resoiratory system such as strep pneumonia, staph aureus, klebsiella pneumonia, moraxella cataralis. And atypical pneumonia is cause by atypical organisms, but when one usually address it as such means mycoplasma pneumonia which is not a complete bacteria from microbiology point of view.
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What is the difference between pneumonia and severe bronchitis?

What is the difference between pneumonia and severe bronchitis?

Location...: Bronchitis is an infection of the airways whereas pneumonia is an infection of the lung parenchyma itself. Clinically, pneumonia tends to be more severe than bronchitis but there is plenty of overlap so this distinction cannot always be made on clinical grounds alone. A chest x-ray will usually tell the difference as pneumonia usually shows on a chest x-ray but bronchitis does not show. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pneumonia and pleurisy please answer asap?

What is the difference between pneumonia and pleurisy please answer asap?

Not the same: Pneumonia is inflammation, usually infection related, in the lung itself. Pleurisy, inflammation of the lining of the lung (the pleura) can be associated with pneumonia but can be an isolated process. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bacterial and viral pneumonia?

What is the difference between bacterial and viral pneumonia?

The germ: Bacterial pneumonias are caused by a germs called bacteria, for the most part they can be treated with antibiotics. Viruses cause similar pneumonias, since viruses are biologically very different (they live and reproduce by invading a normal cell and incorporating into the cells dna for example) antibiotics do not work, with rare exceptions. (like flu)
symptoms of both are similar though. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pneumonia and pulmonary edema?

What is the difference between pneumonia and pulmonary edema?

Infection vs Fluid: Accumulation. Pneumonia means you have an infection in your lungs. Where as pulmonary edema reflects fluid accumulation in your lungs. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bronchopneumonia and hypostatic pneumonia. Are the treatments exactly identical?

What is the difference between bronchopneumonia and hypostatic pneumonia. Are the treatments exactly identical?

Pneumonia: Hypostatic pneumonia is usually confined to bedridden people. There is usually a collection of fluid in the lung bases which may have to be drained. Treatment also consists of antibiotics as in broncopneumonia. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a chest cold and pneumonia? What do I have? Mucous-y cough, overall sick feeling, stuffy nose, I'm scared!

What is the difference between a chest cold and pneumonia? What do I have? Mucous-y cough, overall sick feeling, stuffy nose, I'm scared!

Pneumonia is serious: Pneumonia is much serious than common cold or chest cold. If you have chest pain, difficulty breathing, fever/chills, loss of appetite, bring yellow-green or brown or bloody sputum then it is more likely to be pneumonia. If only cough, congestion, low grade fever, sore throat, change in voice can be from rhinitis, laryngitis, or bronchitis. If high fever and body pain, make sure you don't have flu. ...Read more

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What is difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?

What is difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?

Much: Bronchitis affects the airways and is usually viral in causation. Pneumonia affects the lung tissues and may be caused by a wide variety of organisms, is far more dangerous than most cases of bronchitis, and more complicated to treat appropriately. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

What's the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

Location...: Acute bronchitis is an infection of the airways whereas pneumonia is an infection of the lung parenchyma itself. Thus, the location of the infection within the lung is the difference between the two disorders. See your doctor so the diagnosis can be made and treatment rendered. ...Read more

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Tuberculosis (Definition)

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Pneumonia (Definition)

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