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Glossary for Mycobacterium kansasii

  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections: A term given to HIV patients who have a low CD4 count (below 200) which means that they have low levels of a type of immune cell called T-cells. AIDS patients tend to develop opportunistic infections and cancers. Opportunistic infections are infections that would not normally affect a person with a healthy immune system. The HIV virus is a virus that attacks the body's immune system.
  • Atypical pneumonia:
  • Bacterial diseases: Diseases caused by a bacterial infection
  • Breathing difficulties: Various types of breathing difficulty (dyspnea).
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Fever: Elevation of the body temperature above the normal 37 degrees celsius
  • Lung symptoms: Symptoms affecting one or both lungs.
  • Mycobacterial infections: Any infection that is caused by a mycobacterial organisms
  • Night sweats: Night sweats is the occurrence of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) during sleep. The sufferer may or may not also suffer from excessive perspiration while awake.
  • Tuberculosis: Bacterial infection causing nodules forming, most commonly in the lung.

 

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