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How can you tell if you have tuberculosis without going to the doctor?

How can you tell if you have tuberculosis without going to the doctor?

You can't : If you feel like you have tb, then you need to be examined. Tb is a public health risk. If you don't get evaluated and you have tb, you are putting youself and those around you at risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Lindquist
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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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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is intestinal adhesion/tuberculosis?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is intestinal adhesion/tuberculosis?

Two questions: Intestinal adhesions are either congenital or acquired. These a fibrous bands between loops of bowel that tether loops of bowel and can be asymptomatic or cause chronic pain or bowel obstruction The acquired kind may be post operative or post peritonitis (infection) One type of peritonitis is tuberculosis that affect the abdominal cavity similar how as it affects the lungs ...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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Why is Tuberculosis such a big deal? Why does every doctor/nurse have to get tested?

Why is Tuberculosis such a big deal? Why does every doctor/nurse have to get tested?

Tuberculosis: This potentially deadly disease is a worldwide scourge and the treatment can be difficult and prolonged. Health care professionals are checked regularly because they are often exposed unknowingly and early diagnosis of their infection will allow treatment and minimize exposure of their patients to this highly communicable condition. ...Read more

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I have tuberculosis. Is it normal that my doctors are asking for sputum for afb test again after 1 month?

Yes: Depending on the exact kind of tuberculosis (TB) germ, doctors usually want to keep close track of the patient to see if the germs are disappearing. There are several medicines to take for tb, and some germs are resistant to some of them. Your doctors want to know if you are "winning the battle" against your tb. Keep taking all of your medicines and follow your doctor's instructions. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi doc how are u doing? I want to know some symptoms of tuberculosis?

Hi doc how are u doing? I want to know some symptoms of tuberculosis?

See below: Tb is a chronic illness characterized by cough, night sweats, weight loss, a positive PPD skin test or gamma interferon release blood test with apical infiltrates on cxr. Sputum smears and cultures become positive for acid fast bacteria. ...Read more

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Child had tuberculosis. Doctor advise biopsy, what to do?

Child had tuberculosis. Doctor advise biopsy, what to do?

TB biopsy: If your child has a history of exposure, clinical findings suggestive of TB and/or a positive TB skin test ( called a ppd), a biopsy provides material for cultures and examination by a pathologist. Your doctor will review the risks and benefits of the procedure with you. Pediatric respiratory prmg can review records faxed to: 858 259 9689. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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My 16 y/o friend has pulminary tuberculosis. His doctor said that the disease doesn't activate until he gets older. Can he transmit TB to me?

TB: Hi, it seems your friend has something that we call Latent TB, it means he has been exposed to Tuberculosis but his body for now has it under control, he doesn't have active infection so there is no risk of transmission, but there is 5-10% chance that he develops active TB, therefore the treatment with a medication called INH for 9 months is available to prevent activation, ...Read more

Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more