What are tuberculosis?

  • (noun): Infection transmitted by inhalation or ingestion of tubercle bacilli and manifested in fever and small lesions (usually in the lungs but in various other parts of the body in acute stages).
    Synonyms: TB, T.B.


Progression from TB infection to overt TB disease occurs when the bacilli overcome the immune system defenses and begin to multiply. In primary TB disease (some 1–5% of cases), this occurs soon after the initial infection. However, in the majority of cases, a latent infection occurs with no obvious symptoms. These dormant bacilli produce active tuberculosis in 5–10% of these latent cases, often many years after infection.

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Some articles on tuberculosis:

Tuberculosis Cutis Orificialis
... Tuberculosis cutis orificialis (also known as "Acute tuberculous ulcer," and "Orificial tuberculosis") is a form of cutaneous tuberculosis that occurs at the ...
Tuberculosis - In Other Animals
... The subspecies Mycobacterium tuberculosis, though, is rarely present in wild animals ... An effort to eradicate bovine tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium bovis from the cattle and deer herds of New Zealand has been relatively successful ...
Stanisław Kuczborski
... As a student, he contracted tuberculosis and was referred to Warsaw University's Sanatorium in Zakopane ... did he reside in Warsaw serving as the deputy director of the Tuberculosis Institute in Warsaw ... member of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease located in Paris ...
Alan L. Hart - Tuberculosis Research
... Hart devoted much of his career to research into and treatment of tuberculosis ... white plague, King's evil, Pott's disease, and Gibbus - were all in fact cases of tuberculosis (TB) ... Scientists had discovered in the nineteenth century that tuberculosis was not hereditary, but an airborne bacillus spread rapidly among persons in close proximity by coughing and sneezing ...
Lichen Scrofulosorum
... Lichen scrofulosorum (also known as "Tuberculosis cutis lichenoides") is a rare tuberculid that presents as a lichenoid eruption of minute papules in children and ... its rarity and significance as an important marker of undetected tuberculosis ...

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