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Doctor found infiltrates on my lung XR I have tuberculosis?

Doctor found infiltrates on my lung XR I have tuberculosis?

May be: Infiltrates could be pneumonia, atelectasis or fibrosis. If infiltrates are in upper lung fields, you should have sputum analysed for tuberculosis, if positive then one can say it is tb. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Hi doc. I had a PTB end my xray result is. Minimal bilateral pulmonary tuberculosis and minimal infiltrate in both upper lungs I take?

Hi doc. I had a PTB end my xray result is. Minimal bilateral pulmonary tuberculosis and minimal infiltrate in both upper lungs I take?

Need more info: Are you asking whether you need further tuberculosis therapy? It sounds like you have had TB in the past and now have lung changes on chest x-ray. Are the x-ray changes true infiltrate, or merely scarring? Were you treated for TB in the past? With one, or more than one, medicine? Discuss this with your clinician who can confirm whether you had adequate treatment. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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If I had tuberculosis. Would my doc be able to tell just by listening to lungs?

If I had tuberculosis. Would my doc be able to tell just by listening to lungs?

No: No one could diagnose tuberculosis by listening to lungs alone. The right clinical history and exam could help make the diagnosis. But you would need a culture typically from your sputum sample to grow the bacteria, mycobacterium tuberculosis, for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is "mycobacterium tuberculosis " can cause kyphosis or scoliosis directly (without affecting the lungs)?!

Is "mycobacterium tuberculosis " can cause kyphosis or scoliosis directly (without affecting the lungs)?!

Yes: It is possible to get tuberculosis of the spine which can cause significant damage and deformity. However, it usually has pain along with the infection. The TB germs may enter the body through the lungs but then be controlled there but circulate and cause their major damage outside the lungs sometime later. ...Read more

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Is a scar in the lungs cancer or tuberculosis?

Is a scar in the lungs cancer or tuberculosis?

Scar: Cancer grows while a scar stays stable or contracts. Old scars may be from old pneumonia, old tb, old thromboembolic disease, or (especially here in kansas city) histoplasmosis. ...Read more

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What to do about my scar in the lungs, cancer or tuberculosis?

What to do about my scar in the lungs, cancer or tuberculosis?

Consult: I would consult with a thoracic surgeon. Scars in the lungs can occur after a previous infection. As long as they remain stable in size, usually they are left alone. You doctor may request you to get additional imaging in the future to follow this lesion. ...Read more

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How and why does secondary pulmonary tuberculosis occur in lung apices? I am a med student and I can't figure this out

How and why does secondary pulmonary tuberculosis occur in lung apices? I am a med student and I can't figure this out

TB: Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an aerophilic organism that grows best in areas in which the po2 is highest, like the apices of the lungs. You sound like a very bright and enterprising medical student and should keep asking questions the rest of your career. The more you understand about pathophysiology the better the clinician you will become. Loved to have students like you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why doesn't m. Tuberculosis localise in lung apices during primary infection but localises in the apicea in the secondary infection specifically?

Why doesn't m. Tuberculosis localise in lung apices during primary infection but localises in the apicea in the secondary infection specifically?

TB: It is not necessarily localized in the apices, that is simply one site of reactivation. You really need to get an infectious diseases text (recommend mandell), or a textbook of pathophysiology and read about this. Or you can go online to the national medical library and look these things up. Be a great med student. ...Read more

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How can someone contract tuberculosis and what does it do to that person? Why is it considered a 'lung disease'?

Inhaled infection: Tb generally enters the body by inhalation of droplets that were coughed out by an infected person around you. Once you inhale the droplets containing TB bug, it starts to multiply in your lungs & causes infection. It can also spread to lymph nodes & via bloodstream to other organs in the body but majority of infections are limited to lungs (hence considered a lung disease). ...Read more

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I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

No: Although candida can be found in the sputum it can be considered a contaminant except in certain situations such as immunosuppresion (cancer, HIV etc) if a person with tuberculosis has a candida infection the above must be ruled out particularly hiv. Otherwise the answer is no. ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to survive brain cancer and tuberculosis in the lungs?

How likely is it for someone to survive brain cancer and tuberculosis in the lungs?

Tb chances are good: It is quite unlikely to have both conditions at the same time. This makes therapy more challenging but doable. Cure from tuberculosis should be expected. The main concern here is the brain cancer. For the most common adult brain cancer, survival is about a year, give or take a few months. ...Read more

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My friend around 70, has tuberculosis and lung cancer. About to be go on narcotics. How long will he have?

My friend around 70, has tuberculosis and lung cancer. About to be go on narcotics. How long will he have?

Unusual these days: Tb has been well controlled for a long time except unusual circumstances of immunosupression etc. Lung cancer is common in smokers and well treated if found early. If late stage already, survival is limited t o 2-3 years generally even with treatment. If hospice stage that us advanced and even more limited. ...Read more

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I have a benign pleura thickening at the lower area of my right lung due to tuberculosis. It hurts when I cough or exert myself. Is surgery advisable?

I have a benign pleura thickening at the lower area of my right lung due to tuberculosis. It hurts when I cough or exert myself. Is surgery advisable?

Non-acute: Pleural thickening does not usually cause symptoms. There is likely another cause which should be investigated. ...Read more

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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more


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Tuberculosis (Definition)

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