Common. 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.
Possible over time. Tb is a huge cause of death... More than half a million deaths worldwide...Usually these patients are not treated or diagnosed late. Typically TB from the lung causes many complications and can spread to other organs and cause death after a long period of sickness.
Yes. 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.
Multi-drug therapy. 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.
TB. Treatment of TB is complicated by many factors: multi-drug-resistant strains of m. Tuberculosis; comorbid conditions like hiv/aids; patient compliance with multiple meds required to treat. Extensive data are available at: http://www. Cdc. Gov/tb/publications/guidelines/treatment. Htm and http://www. Cdc. Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5211a1.Htm.
Chronic infection. 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.
Usually not. 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.