Tuberculosis, X-ray

Tuberculosis, X-ray

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Caption: Tuberculosis. Coloured frontal X-ray of the chest of a patient suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). There is a cavity in the upper portion of the right lung (arrowed). Cavities usually form after the nodular lesions (tubercles) caused by primary tuberculosis have begun to heal. Pulmonary tuberculosis is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is spread by coughing and sneezing. 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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