Tuberculosis Health Topics
Featured Tests and Procedures
Latent tuberculosis can be detected using a TB skin test. This article on the eMedTV Web site explains the test in more detail, including information about the injection process, reading the results, and who should take the test.
Taking a TB test is the most efficient way to detect latent tuberculosis. As explained in this eMedTV article, the most common methods for diagnosing tuberculosis are the TB blood test and the TB skin test. This page discusses each method in detail.
Featured Conditions and Diseases
Active tuberculosis is the more serious form of tuberculosis. As this eMedTV page explains, it affects 8 million people worldwide each year. Active tuberculosis occurs when the immune system is unable to stop the tuberculosis bacteria from growing.
Drug-resistant TB is a condition in which patients with tuberculosis don't improve with standard treatment. This eMedTV page provides an overview of drug-resistant tuberculosis and explains why it is so difficult to treat.
Latent tuberculosis is the more common form of tuberculosis. As this eMedTV page explains, this form of tuberculosis takes place when bacteria in the body become inactive but remain alive, sometimes becoming active later.
Tuberculosis is a type of chronic bacterial infection that generally affects the lungs. This segment of the eMedTV library explains how tuberculosis is spread through the air and also covers the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of this disease.
In parts of the world where tuberculosis is common, infants may receive the BCG vaccine. This eMedTV page explains how the vaccine is used to prevent tuberculosis. This page also provides information on who should and shouldn't get the vaccine.
As this eMedTV article explains, many people with tuberculosis are encouraged to enroll in a directly observed therapy program, which involves taking each dose of their medicine in front of a healthcare worker. This page discusses this program.