Tuberculosis, X-ray

Tuberculosis, X-ray

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Caption: Tuberculosis. Coloured X-ray of the chest of a patient with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). The affected areas of the lungs are seen as pale grainy regions (upper right). Pulmonary tuberculosis is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which creates primary tubercles (nodular lesions of dead tissue and bacteria) when inhaled into the lungs. Symptoms include fever, weight loss and the coughing up of blood. Treatment is with long-term antibiotics.

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