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What's the best treatment to get rid of mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
David Miller
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Adding to what my colleague has said, treatment should be supervised by public health providers and will be given free of charge in the US. The best way to fight emergence of resistant strains is to take the right drugs, for the right duration in the right dose. This requires testing the bug for susceptibility and follow up cultures. Don't mess with TB. see an expert if you are unsure.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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