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|+||Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious [[disease]] caused by [[bacteria]] whose scientific name is Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB most commonly affects the [[lung]]s but also can involve almost any organ of the body. Many years ago, this disease used to be called "consumption" because without effective treatment, these patients often would waste away. Today, of course, tuberculosis usually can be treated successfully with [[http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/thesite/lymphedema_antibiotics.htm|antibiotics]].|
|+||There is also a group of organisms referred to as atypical tuberculosis. These involve other types of -[[bacteria]] that are in the Mycobacterium family. Often, these organisms do not cause disease and are referred to a "colonizers," because they simply live alongside other [[bacteria]] in our bodies without causing damage. At times, these bacteria can cause an [[infection]] that sometimes appears as typical tuberculosis.|