MedicineNet appreciates your comment. Your comment may be displayed on the site and will always be published anonymously.
What are tuberculosis symptoms and signs?
Although there are a number of TB types, pulmonary TB is responsible for the majority (about 85%) of TB infections. Consequently, pulmonary TB symptoms and signs may occur with or even before other types of TB are diagnosed. The classical clinical symptoms and signs of pulmonary TB include fever, night sweats, cough, hemoptysis (coughing up blood-stained sputum), weight loss, fatigue, and chest pain. The elderly may just exhibit pneumonitis.
Other types are loosely classified as extra pulmonary and often have symptoms that are nonspecific but frequently localized to the involved site. The following includes the signs and symptoms of additional types of TB:
Skeletal TB (also termed Pott's disease): spinal pain, back stiffness, paralysis is possible
TB meningitis: headaches (variable in length but persistent), mental changes, coma
TB arthritis: usually pain in a single joint (hips and knees most common)