ZocdocAnswersWhy does TB (Tuberculosis) occur in the intestine?

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Why does TB (Tuberculosis) occur in the intestine?

For what reason it affects our intestine even though we are taking healthy foods?

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That is a great question to discuss with your primary care physician. Tuberculosis is a infection that is spread from person to person through coughing and other types of exposures. It typically affects the lungs, but can affect almost any organ in the body. The infection can start in the lungs and if it goes untreated for many years, can move to other parts of the body. The intestine is one of those places. The good news is that tuberculosis of any form is incredibly rare in the United States. People that are susceptible to getting TB are those that have traveled to certain parts of east Asia, Africa, and South America, or have spent time homeless or in prison. If this does not describe you, then the chances that you have been exposed to TB is incredibly low. Even if you feel that you have been exposed to TB, the likelihood that this occurred in the US and went undetected for the years that it would take to become an intestinal infection is very low. Diet is not a factor in determining where TB spreads. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. If you feel that you may have been exposed to TB, then you can have a PPD test, which can rule out TB exposure.

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