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Understanding Tuberculosis -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Tuberculosis?

The symptoms of tuberculosis range from no symptoms (latent tuberculosis) to symptoms of active disease. In fact, you may not even be aware that you have a latent TB infection until it's revealed through a skin test, perhaps during a routine checkup.

If you have active TB disease, you may have these symptoms:

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Call Your Doctor About TB If:

  • You have any of the symptoms of active TB disease
  • You have been exposed to someone with active tuberculosis

Virtually all of the symptoms of tuberculosis can be confused with symptoms of other diseases. Bloody mucus, for example, can also be a symptom of bronchitis or pneumonia. An evaluation by your doctor is key to confirming whether you have latent TB infection, active TB disease, or some other condition.


WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Lisa B. Bernstein, MD on March 18, 2015

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