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What is the difference between tuberculosis and pneumonia?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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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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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.
Dr. Michael Ein
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Pneumonia

Mycobacterium tuberculosis may cause pneumonia as can a multitude of bacteriae, fungi, viruses and parasites.

In brief: Pneumonia

Mycobacterium tuberculosis may cause pneumonia as can a multitude of bacteriae, fungi, viruses and parasites.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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