Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body.
Once nearly extinct, tuberculosis (TB) has resumed its role as a significant infectious disease agent around the world. TB is spread through the air from person to person. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, exhales or speaks, the bacterium hangs in the air. If you are near by you can breathe in the bacteria.
Typically the body will fight the bacteria to stop it from growing. In those cases the bacteria is still alive but is inactive.
- A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
- Coughing up blood or sputum
- No appetite
- Pain in the chest
- Sweating at night
- Weakness or fatigue
- Weight loss
Most tuberculosis cases can be treated medically, but some cases are resistant to antibiotics, so surgical removal of the involved area may be required. Our surgeons have decades of expertise in this complicated and difficult surgery.