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Definition of Tuberculosis, dormant

Tuberculosis, dormant: The presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection without a positive chest X-ray. Treatment is not mandatory for dormant tuberculosis (TB), as with active TB, but it is a good idea because the bacterium could become active later. Treatment involves a course of antibiotics and vitamins.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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