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Symptoms of Tuberculosis

Symptoms of Tuberculosis: Introduction

People with latent tuberculosis do not have symptoms, are not contagious, and cannot spread the disease to others. However, anything that stresses the immune system, such as the development of a chronic disease or HIV/AIDS, can allow the bacteria to become active and begin to multiply in the body. This is called active tuberculosis.

Symptoms of active tuberculosis may be mild and include an ongoing cough for three or more weeks, fever, weight loss, night sweats, poor appetite, and fatigue. A person with tuberculosis can also cough up blood (hemoptysis) and chest pain.

Complications of tuberculosis can occur, especially if the infection spreads throughout the lungs and to other parts of the body. Complications include disseminated tuberculosis, tuberculous meningitis, and kidney disease. If untreated or incompletely treated, tuberculosis can be fatal....more about Tuberculosis »

Symptoms of Tuberculosis

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Tuberculosis includes the 24 symptoms listed below:

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Tuberculosis: Symptom Checkers

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Tuberculosis: Symptom Assessment Questionnaires

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Tuberculosis: Complications

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Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing of medical conditions related to Tuberculosis:

  • Chest x-ray
  • TB skin test - also called Mantoux test or purified protein derivative (PPD) test
  • Sputum test for tuberculosis
  • Lung fluid tests for tuberculosis
  • Biopsy
  • more tests...»

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Tuberculosis: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Tuberculosis?

The list of other diseases or medical conditions that may be on the differential diagnosis list of alternative diagnoses for Tuberculosis includes:

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Other Possible Causes of these Symptoms

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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Tuberculosis:

Symptoms of TB depend on where in the body the TB bacteria are growing. TB bacteria usually grow in the lungs. TB in the lungs may cause

  • a bad cough that lasts longer than 2 weeks

  • pain in the chest

  • coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs)

Other symptoms of TB disease are

  • weakness or fatigue

  • weight loss

  • no appetite

  • chills

  • fever

  • sweating at night

(Source: excerpt from Tuberculosis: NWHIC)

Tuberculosis as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Tuberculosis, it is also important to consider Tuberculosis as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Tuberculosis may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Tuberculosis. This signs and symptoms information for Tuberculosis has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Tuberculosis signs or Tuberculosis symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Tuberculosis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Tuberculosis symptoms.


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