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Tuberculosis (cont.)

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Tuberculous cavities in the right upper lobe are shown here. Click to view larger image.

Tubercle bacilli in the lung tissue. Click to view larger image.

Kinyoun stain shows presence of mycobacteria in sputum sample. Click to view larger image.

A 48-year-old foreign-born woman developed cough, sputum production, and blood-tinged sputum. Sputum staining showed tubercle bacilli. Her chest X-ray showed a cavity-like lesion in right upper lobe of her lung. Click to view larger image.

Doctors treated the same woman with three medications for TB. One month later, she showed significant improvement, as seen by this repeat chest X-ray. Click to view larger image.

Mantoux test is done to identify patients who are infected with the tuberculous infection; they may or may not have the disease. This test is also used as a public-health measure to detect infection in patient's family and friends. Click to view larger image.

Erythema nodosum is skin condition sometimes seen in tuberculosis when there are spots on the shins, which are painful and red and disappear within a few weeks. Click to view larger image.

Prior to the 1950s, medications were not available for treating tuberculosis. One of the treatments was placing paraffin wax sheets in the chest cavity to stop the infection. This patient had this treatment performed on her. This is of pure historical interest because this treatment is no longer performed. Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Decrease in Reported Tuberculosis Cases -- United States, 2009." MMWR 59.10 (2010): 289-294.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Updated Guidelines for Using Interferon Gamma Release Assays to Detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection -- United States, 2010." MMWR 59 (No. RR-5) June 25, 2010: 1-25.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/6/2014

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