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Introduction and description
Tuberculosis is a widespread, infectious disease caused by various strains of mycobacteria, usually Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. In 15–20% of active cases, the infection spreads outside the lungs, causing other kinds of TB. These are collectively denoted as "extrapulmonary tuberculosis".
Notable extrapulmonary infection sites include the pleura, the central nervous system, the lymphatic system, the genitourinary system, and the bones and joints. It is then called Tubercular arthritis and if it affects the spine is known as Potts disease. When it spreads to the bones, it is also known as "osseous tuberculosis".
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