Is Tuberculous pericarditis Contagious?
Infection and Tuberculous pericarditis
Tuberculous pericarditis is not considered a contagious form of tuberculosis. If the individual also has an active tuberculosis infection in their lungs, the bacteria can spread from person to person through air droplets.
Transmission of Tuberculous pericarditis from Person to Person
Tuberculous pericarditis is considered to be contagious between people.
Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route,
surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.
Tuberculous pericarditis, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Tuberculous pericarditis is possible from one person to another.
Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness",
"transmission" or "transmissability".
Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics
or inheriting diseases from parents.
For an overview of contagion,
see Introduction to Contagion.