Symptoms of Tuberculosis
An infected person may not notice any symptom until the disease is at an advanced stage. Common symptoms such as loss of energy, loss of weight, productive cough, fever and night sweats may easily be confused with symptoms of another disease. Mycobacterium tuberculosis may be lying dormant in the body for years before it manifests as a disease.
Abnormalities can be noticed on a chest X-ray when it is taken. Pulmonary tuberculosis can go away on its own in half the cases but can reappear at a later time.
10% of those with TB related lung disease can have tuberculosis pleuritis. Patients tend to have chest pain, non productive cough and fever. Reappearance of the dormant TB infection is noticeable in the upper lungs. Symptoms for this include
• Cough with an increase in the amount of sputum
• Coughing up blood
• Weight loss, fever, night sweats and loss of appetite.
• Tuberculosis can also affect the lymph nodes, bone and joint sites, genitourinary tract, lining that covers the gastrointestinal tract, and meninges.