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Mycobacteria are a type of germ. There are many different kinds. The most common one causes tuberculosis. Another one causes leprosy. Still others cause infections that are called atypical mycobacterial infections. They aren't "typical" because they don't cause tuberculosis. But they can still harm people, especially people with other problems that affect their immunity, such as AIDS.

Sometimes you can have these infections with no symptoms at all. At other times, they can cause lung symptoms similar to tuberculosis:

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A photomicrograph of Mycobacterium leprae
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  1. Mycobacterial Infections (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... most common one causes tuberculosis. Another one causes leprosy. Still others cause infections that are called atypical mycobacterial infections. They aren't "typical" because they don't ...
  2. Leprosy (Hansen's Disease) From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)  
    ... JavaScript on. Read more information on enabling JavaScript. Leprosy (Hansen's Disease) Skip Content Marketing Share this: Main Content Area What Is Leprosy? Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease), is a chronic infectious disease ...
  3. Leprosy is a disease that has been known since biblical times. This infectious disease causes skin sores, ... Leprosy is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae . It is not very contagious and it has a ...
  4. Leprosy (American Academy of Family Physicians)  
    MENU Return to Web version Leprosy Overview What is leprosy? Leprosy is a chronic infection caused by the Mycobacterium leprae bacteria. It can affect the skin and ...
  5. Leprosy skin test; Hanson disease - skin test ... A sample of inactivated (unable to cause infection) leprosy-causing bacteria is injected just under the skin, ...
  6. ClinicalTrials.gov: Leprosy From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
  7. Hand Infections (American Society for Surgery of the Hand)  
    ... to the loss of the infected finger. Atypical mycobacterial infections In some instances, a tendon sheath infection can ... cancer patients, diabetics) are more susceptible to atypical mycobacterial infections. Infections from bite wounds Infections from bites, from ...
  8. Dapsone is used to treat leprosy and skin infections.This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
  9. ... damage that occur in people with Hansen's disease [leprosy]). Thalidomide is in a class of medications called ...
  10. AFB (Acid-Fast Bacillus) Smear and Culture (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)  
    ... Get Tested? To help detect and identify a mycobacterial infection; to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) ; to monitor the effectiveness ... that may be due to TB or another mycobacterial infection; when your doctor suspects that you have an ...
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