Medical Dictionary: Consumption

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Consumption: Another name for Tuberculosis.
Consumption (condition): Bacterial infection causing nodules forming, most commonly in the lung.
Consumption (condition): Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacteria that usually causes disease in the lung. Many people become symptom-free carriers of the TB bacteria. Although common and deadly in the third world, tuberculosis was almost non-existent in the developed world, but has been making a recent resurgence. Certain drug-resistant strains are emerging and people with immune suppression such as AIDS or poor health are becoming carriers.

Consumption: Tuberculosis (TB), a chronic bacterial infection, causes more deaths worldwide than any other infectious disease. TB is spread through the air and usually infects the lungs, although other organs are sometimes involved. Some 2 billion people one-third of the world's population are infected with the TB organism, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. 1

More information on medical condition: Tuberculosis:

1. excerpt from Tuberculosis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

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