Other Names for this Disease
- Kochs disease
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hemoptysis, chest pain, and fatigue. Symptoms involving areas of the body other than the lungs vary depending on which organ(s) are affected. TB is usually treated with a regimen of medications taken over a long period of time (often six to twelve months).Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious and often severe airborne disease caused by the TB bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB typically affects the lungs, but other organs of the body may be involved, as well. Not everyone who is infected with the TB bacterium becomes sick. TB bacterial infections only become "active disease" if the immune system can't stop them from growing. Classic signs and symptoms of active TB can include cough, weight loss, fever, night sweats,
Last updated: 2/4/2016
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