Management of active tuberculosis.

  title={Management of active tuberculosis.},
  author={Beth E Potter and Kirsten Rindfleisch and Connie K Kraus},
  journal={American family physician},
  volume={72 11},
Although the overall incidence of tuberculosis has been declining in the United States, it remains an important public health concern, particularly among immigrants, homeless persons, and persons infected with human immunodeficiency virus. Patients who present with symptoms of active tuberculosis (e.g., cough, weight loss, or malaise with known exposure to the disease) should be evaluated. Three induced sputum samples for acid-fast bacillus smear and culture should be obtained from patients… CONTINUE READING