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secondary tuberculosis

 

Definition: tuberculosis found in adults and characterized by lesions near the apex of an upper lobe, which may cavitate or heal with scarring without spreading to lymph nodes; theoretically, secondary tuberculosis may be due to exogenous reinfection or to reactivation of a dormant endogenous infection.

Synonym(s): adult tuberculosis, postprimary tuberculosis, reactivation tuberculosis, reinfection tuberculosis

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