Tuberculosis: Overview

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Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that, while largely under control in the United States, still plagues developing countries. Tuberculosis, also known as "TB," can be fatal if not treated. However, several antibiotics are available that are very effective in treating tuberculosis.

Symptoms of tuberculosis typically start as a cough with some sputum that increases with time. The tuberculosis patient often sweats profusely at night and may suffer from shortness of breath. As the tuberculosis progresses, the bacteria can spread throughout the body affecting a wide array of organs and systems including the kidneys, bladder, brain, joints, reproductive organs, and spine.

Among other causes, tuberculosis may be caused by receiving contaminated blood.

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