Coloured X-ray showing pulmonary tuberculosis

Coloured X-ray showing pulmonary tuberculosis

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Caption: Tuberculosis. Coloured chest X-ray showing evidence of pulmonary tuberculosis (red areas) in the upper lobe of the right lung (on left in this image). Pulmonary tuberculosis is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which when inhaled into the lungs forms a primary tubercle (nodular lesion), & spreads via the nearest lymph nodes. Many people are infected without showing symptoms. Despite the immune system's ability to hold the disease in check, these people remain carriers, transmitting the bacilli by coughing or sneezing. Symptoms include fever, weight loss, and the spitting of blood. Secondary spread of disease may give rise to tuberculous meningitis.

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Keywords: condition, consumption, disease, disorder, healthcare, lung, medical, medicine, pulmonary tuberculosis, tuberculosis, x-ray, xray

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