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Miliary TB occurs when tubercle bacilli enter the bloodstream and disseminate to all parts of the body, where they grow and cause disease in multiple sites. This condition is rare, but serious. “Miliary” refers to the radiograph appearance of millet seeds scattered throughout the lung. It is most common in infants and children younger than 5 years of age, and in severely immunocompromised persons.