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Tuberculosis – Non-Response to Treatment 

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Chest x-ray showing tuberculosis. Courtesy wikipedia.

Chest x-ray showing tuberculosis with consolidation of left lung (white area). Courtesy wikipedia.

What Is Non-Response to Tuberculosis Treatment?

Non-response to treatment for tuberculosis means that proper medical treatment failed to control active disease. Tuberculosis is an infection that may be dormant or active.

Q: What happens in active tuberculosis?

A: Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is characterized by chronic bacterial infection most commonly affecting lungs that develops in stages.

Active tuberculosis  produces inflammation and formation of tubercles, necrosis, abcess, fibrosis, and calcification. Calcification is the body’s action to encapsulate the bacterial invasion. Active tuberculosis is life-threatening and may result in death.

About one third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis bacteria. In 2012 the number reached a staggering 8.6 million people. Of these, 1.3 million people died from tuberulosis.  About 95% of tuberulosis deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries and it is among the top three causes of death among women aged 15 to 44.1

People with weakened immune systems have a much greater risk of falling ill from tuberculosis. For example, a person living with HIV is about 20 to 30 times more likely to develop active tuberculosis.2

What Is Non-Response To Tuberculosis Treatment In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?


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  1. http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/tb_facts/en/index.html []
  2. http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/tuberculosis/en/ []