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Tuberculosis After Effects



Does tuberculosis after effects include shortness of breath while speaking? Is there any cure on this?


Because tuberculosis typically involves the lung it is possible that shortness of breath could occur in a patient who has been treated for tuberculosis. This would typically occur in patients who had advanced tuberculosis involving a large amount of the lung. Scarring from the tuberculosis infection can reduce lung function. Consultation with a lung specialist and testing of lung function (called pulmonary function testing) would be a way to evaluate whether these symptoms are a result of the treated tuberculosis infection.

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Catherine A Curley, MD, MS Catherine A Curley, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University