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Causes of Tuberculosis

Causes of Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is caused by the bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

List of causes of Tuberculosis

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Tuberculosis) that could possibly cause Tuberculosis includes:

Primary Cause of Tuberculosis

The primary cause of Tuberculosis is the result:

  • of an infectious agent.

Tuberculosis Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Tuberculosis:

Race Patterns for Tuberculosis Causes:

Racial Information for Tuberculosis: TB is the number one infectious disease killer in the United States. It is 13-times more common among Asian ... (Source: excerpt from Asian & Pacific Islander Women's Health: NWHIC) ...more »

Racial Details for Tuberculosis: Minorities are affected disproportionately by TB: 54 percent of active TB cases in 1995 were... (Source: excerpt from Tuberculosis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID) ...more »

Tuberculosis: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Tuberculosis, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Tuberculosis:

Tuberculosis: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Tuberculosis: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Tuberculosis:

  • Active TB - fully active TB disease
  • Latent TB infections - an inactive form; also just called "TB infection"; about 10 to 15 million people in the United States
  • Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) - newer TB strains that are resistant to many drugs.
  • Miliary tuberculosis - causing multiple abscesses in various body parts.
  • more types...»

Causes of Broader Categories of Tuberculosis: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Tuberculosis as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Tuberculosis as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Tuberculosis. Our database lists the following as having Tuberculosis as a complication of that condition:

Tuberculosis as a symptom:

Conditions listing Tuberculosis as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Tuberculosis. Our database lists the following as having Tuberculosis as a symptom of that condition:

What causes Tuberculosis?

Causes: Tuberculosis: Various mycobacterium classes such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium bovis.
Article excerpts about the causes of Tuberculosis:
Most people infected with M. tuberculosis never develop active TB. However, in people with weakened immune systems, especially those infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, the cause of AIDS), TB organisms may overcome the body's defenses, multiply, and cause active disease. Each year, 8 million people worldwide develop active TB and 3 million die. (Source: excerpt from Tuberculosis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Related information on causes of Tuberculosis:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Tuberculosis may be found in:


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