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          TUBERCULOSIS:
          UNMASKING THE WHITE PLAGUE

          Margaret J. Fehrenbach, RDH, MS

          Course Contents:

          Instructions

          Objectives

          Introduction

          Etiology and Transmission

          Prevalence

          Diagnostic Tests for Tuberculosis

          Classification of Tuberculosis

          Complications of Tuberculosis

          Treatment of Tuberculosis

          Prevention of Tuberculosis

          Considerations in the Dental Office

          Oral Manifestations of Tuberculosis

          Conclusion

          Bibliography
          Test Questions
          Answer Sheet
          Course Evaluation

           

          Course Objectives:

          Tuberculosis (TB) is a communicable disease that was once the leading cause of death in the United States.  In the past, TB was considered the “white plague”; this reference was to any epidemic disease that makes the patients appear pale.  The development of medications in the 1940’s to treat TBV resulted in a slow decline of cases, with resurgence between 1985 and 1992.  Since the 1992 TB resurgence peak in the U.S., the number of TB cases reported annually has decreased.

          Upon successful completion of this course the participant will be able to:

          Explain the etiology and prevalence of TB
           
          Clarify TB infection vs. disease
           
          Identify the signs, symptoms, and complications of TB
           
          Describe treatment regime for TB
           
          Discuss the methods of preventing TB
           
          Develop a TB infection control policy for the dental office
             
          Recognize the oral and cervical manifestations of TB

           


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