Tuberculosis disease among previously treated individuals (recurrent TB) constitutes 5–30% of the TB burden. There has been a lot of effort to make a difference between Relapse & Recurrence. "Recurrence", is generally considered as "the second episode of tuberculosis, after the cure of the first episode". Recurrence may be due to endogenous relapse or exogenous reinfection . Repeated recurrences in the same individual add to the TB burden, but the extent has not been quantified due to difficulties in identifying recurrence in routinely collected data . Therein lies a challenge that needs to be addressed.
This is a brief story of a woman, educated and working in UK and who had to undergo multiple episodes of recurrence.