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Can tuberculosis cause copd?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection by a bacterium. It can cause pneumonia and even holes/cavities in the lung if not treated.
It typically does not cause copd. It is possible, depending on how severe the infection is, that TB can cause scarring in the lung. Smoking is the main cause of copd.

In brief: Not really

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection by a bacterium. It can cause pneumonia and even holes/cavities in the lung if not treated.
It typically does not cause copd. It is possible, depending on how severe the infection is, that TB can cause scarring in the lung. Smoking is the main cause of copd.
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Tuberculosis can damage the lungs and result in a condition called bronchiectasis.
It's symptoms are chronic cough and phlegm production, similar to symptoms of copd.

In brief: No

Tuberculosis can damage the lungs and result in a condition called bronchiectasis.
It's symptoms are chronic cough and phlegm production, similar to symptoms of copd.
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Very very rare

Would be unusual.

In brief: Very very rare

Would be unusual.
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