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If I had tuberculosis. Would my doc be able to tell just by listening to lungs?
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
In brief: No
No one could diagnose tuberculosis by listening to lungs alone.
The right clinical history and exam could help make the diagnosis. But you would need a culture typically from your sputum sample to grow the bacteria, mycobacterium tuberculosis, for a definitive diagnosis.

In brief: No
No one could diagnose tuberculosis by listening to lungs alone.
The right clinical history and exam could help make the diagnosis. But you would need a culture typically from your sputum sample to grow the bacteria, mycobacterium tuberculosis, for a definitive diagnosis.
Dr. Michio Abe
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
In brief: Not always.
With latent tb, there can be no symptoms at all.
You might just have a positive PPD (skin test). With active TB (of the lung), there's still a chance a lung exam could be normal. You would have other symptoms like fevers, coughing, sweats, and an abnormal chest xray.

In brief: Not always.
With latent tb, there can be no symptoms at all.
You might just have a positive PPD (skin test). With active TB (of the lung), there's still a chance a lung exam could be normal. You would have other symptoms like fevers, coughing, sweats, and an abnormal chest xray.
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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