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OK, so you are saying that there is a combination of appetite suppression, malabsorption and increased metabolic rate. I don't think that this type of weight loss is usually seen in those who die from other infectious diseases is it? It is seen in cancer sufferers though and the weight loss seems to be very rapid in a similar way to aids - can this just be due to loss of appetite? I just wondered if there have been any studies on it?
...In the past, tuberculosis has been called consumption, because it seemed to consume people from within, with a bloody cough, fever, pallor, and long relentless wasting. Other names included phthisis (Greek for consumption) and phthisis pulmonalis; scrofula (in adults), affecting the lymphatic system and resulting in swollen neck glands; tabes mesenterica, TB of the abdomen and lupus vulgaris, TB of the skin; wasting disease; white plague, because sufferers appear markedly pale; king's evil, because it was believed that a king's touch would heal scrofula; and Pott's disease, or gibbus of the spine and joints. Miliary tuberculosis now commonly known as disseminated TB occurs when the infection invades the circulatory system resulting in lesions which have the appearance of millet seeds on X-ray.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculosis