I am not sure which word is the best here for colonisation of alveoli by acid fast-mycobacteria. I found this question, and I am getting confused by the term obstruction of alveoli because I tend to relate it to COPD which is not a case here:
Which of the following is the predominant pathogenic mechanism of tuberculosis?
- a) cell-mediated hypersensitivity
- b) obstruction of alveoli by large number of acid-fast mycobacteria
I think the right answer is "obstruction of alveoli by large number of acid-fast mycobacteria", but I am not sure if you can say that acid-fast mycobacteria obstruct alveoli.
Are acid-fast mycobacteria "obstructing" alveoli or just colonizing?