If you have
latent tuberculosis (TB), you do not have symptoms and
cannot spread the disease to others. If you have active TB, you do have
symptoms and can spread the disease to others. Which specific symptoms you have
will depend on whether your TB infection is in your lungs (the most common
site) or in another part of your body (extrapulmonary TB).
There are other
conditions with symptoms similar to TB, such as
pneumonia and lung cancer.
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active TB in the lungs begin gradually and develop over a period of weeks or
months. You may have one or two mild symptoms and not even know that you have
Common symptoms include:
A cough with thick, cloudy, and sometimes
bloody mucus from the lungs (sputum) for more than 2
Fever, chills, and night sweats.
Loss of appetite and unexplained weight
Shortness of breath and chest pain.
Symptoms of an active TB infection outside the lungs
Symptoms of TB outside the lungs (extrapulmonary TB) vary widely depending on which area of the body is infected. For
example, back pain can be a symptom of TB in the spine, or your neck may get
lymph nodes in the neck are infected.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 04, 2014
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