Tuberculosis X-ray

Tuberculosis X-ray

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Caption: Tuberculosis. Coloured X-ray of the chest of a patient suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). Affected areas of the lungs are shown by the blue patches. Pulmonary tuberculosis is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is spread by coughing and sneezing. It grows into a primary tubercle (nodular lesion) when inhaled into the lungs. In some people, the disease then spreads to the lymph nodes. Pulmonary tuberculosis may be symptomless, and may recur at periods when the patient's immune system is weakened. Symptoms of the active disease include fever, weight loss and the coughing up of blood. Treatment is with long-term antibiotics.

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