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What are the symptoms of latent tuberculosis?

What are the symptoms of latent tuberculosis?

None: There are no symptoms of latent tuberculosis. If you have symptoms, it's not latent. ...Read more

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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Do I need to get treated for latent tuberculosis?

Do I need to get treated for latent tuberculosis?

See below: Treatment for latent TB is given if PPD is 5mm positive and if HIV positive, recent contact with TB case, fibrotic changes on cxr or immunosuppressed patients. If PPD is 10mm positive recent immigrants from high incidence countries, IV drug abusers, high risk settings-jails, snf's and children would be treated. If PPD is 15mm positive all persons would be treated. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have latent tuberculosis?

Tb test: If you worry about tuberculosis, you should wee your doctor who will test you with a Mantoux test. If it is negative, chances are that you don't have it. If it is positive, then the doctor will explain to you what it means and what to do next. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Latent tuberculosis?

What is the definition or description of: Latent tuberculosis?

Latent tuberculosis: Latent Tuberculosis = an infection by M. tuberculosis without any active disease. ...Read more

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Interested to know how does latent tuberculosis become active?

Interested to know how does latent tuberculosis become active?

TUBERCULOSIS:: If primary focus is not eliminated by treatment, there is always risk of disseminated tubercular spread. Any deterioration of immune status, infection, malnutrition, stress, etc can make reactivation of the latent infection. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for latent tuberculosis?

Isoniazid: Standard treatment for latent tuberculosis has been Isoniazid for 9-12 months. ...Read more

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I have latent tuberculosis, can I still infect people?

I have latent tuberculosis, can I still infect people?

No: You inhaled it.

But you are not contagious.

Protect yourself and check with your doc. ...Read more

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Should I take medication for inactive/latent tuberculosis infection?

Do you have it?: That's a hard question to answer based on the information you've provided. If you have a positive skin test or blood test for latent tb, the indications for treatment depend on your age, your other medical conditions, your risk of having true latent infection, and the strength of the reaction (e.g. Size of the positive skin test). This is something you should discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and I contracted latent tuberculosis, will my baby be okay?

I am pregnant and I contracted latent tuberculosis, will my baby be okay?

More than likely: Certainly the doctors took into consideration when treating you. Baby should be fine congratulations on your pregnancy! and the best to you! ...Read more

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Should someone take medication for an inactive/latent tuberculosis infection?

Should someone take medication for an inactive/latent tuberculosis infection?

Yes: Prophylactic treatment, e.g., administration of isoniazid for 9 months, can prevent activation of latent TB. ...Read more

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If latent tuberculosis bacteria can become active, can active bacteria become latent?

If latent tuberculosis bacteria can become active, can active bacteria become latent?

Yes: Yes that's true. Active bacteria hide in lymph nodes and become latent. They can become active once immunity declines. ...Read more

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How likely will my latent tuberculosis develop into a full fledged infection during my lifetime?

How likely will my latent tuberculosis develop into a full fledged infection during my lifetime?

12%: That is on average. This risk varies with age at exposure and presence of other medical conditions, if HIV is present, risk is 50%. ...Read more

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What happen when someone with latent tuberculosis (tb) goes without treatment? Can get worst? Can become active tb? Can goes away on the own?

Reactivation TB: Latent TB can become active if the infected person becomes immune suppressed from any cause such as chemotherapy or malnutrition. Benefits versus risks of treatment should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a person living with ltbi (latent tuberculosis infection)?

No adverse effect: Latent TB infection is not expected to affect the life expectancy of an infected individual unless latent TB becomes activated. ...Read more

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What could heaf skin test for latent tuberculosis mean?

HEAF: The HEAF (multi-puncture) test is used to identify people wi tuberculosis infections or diseases. Tuberculin (undiluted purified protein derivative) is applied to the arm wi 6 needle points. The area is usually checked for reaction a week later. Don't know if anyone uses this particular test anymore. ...Read more

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Does someone get skin test for latent tuberculosis: why?

It is important to: See if someone has had TB or was exposed to it. Or had the BCG vaccine (not used in usa).A positive test means you have developed an immune response to the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (tb). ...Read more

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Taking medicine for backbone tuberculosis for last 7 months still not recovered. What do I do?

TB osteomyelitis: That is a difficult disease to cure. Perhaps, if the medication fails beyond six months, a review by a good orthopedic spine surgeon would be helpful. Not sure if you have somebody, but I can highly recommends the rothman institute in philly, especially their spine surgeons are the world's best. Go see my mentor, dr akex vaccaro! Best of luck! ...Read more

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I've been taking medicine for backbone tuberculosis for the last 7 months. Why have I still not recovered?

Mgt: I would suggest an Infectious Disease consult. New cultures may be obtained and other areas imaged to ensure that the infection has not spread. In the meantime, please monitor your symptoms including your temperature. The infection may require a longer course of medications. ...Read more

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Can we discontinue the tuberculosis medicine after few days. When we fine some other disease in place of tuberculosis.?

Maybe: The treating physician needs to make that call.
Have to error on the side of TB treatment until it has been definitively ruled out. ...Read more

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I got tuberculosis and I am taking medicines now for it so because of that I loss 7 kg's of weight how to gain it again?

I got tuberculosis and I am taking medicines now for it so because of that I loss 7 kg's of weight how to gain it again?

Weight gain: Eat more food. You will only gain weight by taking in more calories than you are expending. When your TB is fully under control and your metabolism returns to normal you should gain weight. ...Read more

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I had tuberculosis and I had medicines and has been cured. Now I just wnt to make sure there is no bacilli left in my body. What test has to b done.

Can't be done: Tubercle bacilli may be contained for decades within calcified granulomas, though with little chance of escape. This is unlikely given a clinical cure, but whether any are still alive is a moot question. You may get TB again by reactivation or re-exposure. For now, just be grateful for your recovery, and congratulations. ...Read more

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What drugs treat tuberculosis?

Excellent article: See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/tuberculosis/basics/definition/con-20021761

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What is latent and active tuberculosis?

What is latent and active tuberculosis?

Latent and active TB: Latent Tuberculosis iwhen you have been exposed to the Toberculosis Bacteria in the past and that did not result in active disease. It is called Primary complex which heals. But it makes PPD skin test Positive
Active Tuberculosis is when the disease is active with symptoms like cough, fever, night sweats, expectoraton and weight loss, Sputum culture is positive&Rrays is positive. Is contagious&needsRx ...Read more

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What type of medicines should I take to treat tuberculosis?

What type of medicines should I take to treat tuberculosis?

Anti-TB meds: The usual course of therapy for active TB is 2 months of isoniazid, rifampin, pryazinamide, and ethambutol, followed by 4 months of isoniazide and rifampin. However, this can vary depending on the specific characteristics of your infection. ...Read more

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Why must I take tuberculosis (tb) medicine even if my results were negative?

Mgt: A virtual appointment may be booked online to review the test results including any radiographs. Were any household members under treatment for TB? ...Read more

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What medicine do you take for tuberculosis? How long do you have to take it for?

Extremely variable: There is no one simple, correct answer for this. See: https://www. Drugs. Com/condition/tuberculosis-active. Html ...Read more

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What does it mean if after two months of taking drugs tuberculosis is still active?

What does it mean if after two months of taking drugs tuberculosis is still active?

You need 6 months: For active tuberculosis you need four antibiotics
1 rifampin
2 inh
3 pyrazinamide
4 ethambutal
all four for at least six months, for the disease to be cured. Some patients have resistant organisms to some first line antibiotics. In your case if your bacteria are not resistant to inh or Rifampin than you will turn negative on culture in due course and continue rx for at least 6 months. Talk to your md. ...Read more

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What does it mean if after two months of taking drugs and tuberculosis is still active?

Bad Bug!: Culture positive for TB after 2 months therapy can result from several things: infection is resistant to standard meds (more common!), there's a reservoir of organisms the medicine can't get to (abscess, cavity), you're not taking your medicine correctly, you're not absorbing your medicine. Your doctor should check the organisms susceptibility, blood levels, & you be honest. Tb treated min 6+mo. ...Read more

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If tuberculosis shows negatibe in everh test. But all thr symptoms supportd it...Doed TB medicine is advisable?

Symptoms?: In the US TB is treated with multiple meds at one time due to germ resistance and for months to years. I could never recommend such a treatment based only of suspicion & no verified testing. There are many alternative conditions that produce the vague symptoms often seen with TB & these must all be considered. ...Read more

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New generic drug for tuberculosis in india?

See below:: India’s drug patent laws is being challenged in the country’s supreme court by the drug company novartis. If the challenge is successful it will restrict access of developing countries to generic drugs like those for tb. The law is strict against "evergreening" --keeps drugs out of the reach of generic manufacturers, and therefore, out of those who can't afford the "brand" name product. ...Read more

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Can we take tuberculosis medicine in 6.0 creatanine.?

Yes: Most tuberculosis medications are metabolized by the liver; that being said, make sure your doctor knows about your kidney failure so that appropriate dose adjustments are made. ...Read more

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Any medicine to treat multi-drug resistance in tuberculosis?

Yes: Multi-drug resistant TB is resistant, by definition, to two drugs: Isoniazid and rifampin. There are many other drugs available which can be used in their place to treat and cure multi-drug resistant tb. ...Read more

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If we take tuberculosis medicine in 6.7 creatanine... Or it will be dangerous.?

Check with your doc: Tb medication must be monitored by TB expert. No fooling around with this disease. Probably Ethambutol will need to be decreased or changed.

Check with your TB expert asap. Too many people die from tb. ...Read more

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Taking tuberculosis medicine last one month but still I feel fewer/sweats everyday. Will medicines take time to settled my fewer? Please suggest

Check with your doc: You want to see the TB expert. Very important.

Do not fool around with tb. It may become resistant if any problems.

More than 2 million people die from TB every year.

Check with your doc. ...Read more

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What is drug resistant tuberculosis?

As it says: Tb that is resistant to the two best drugs, inh and rifampin, is called mulridrug resistant tb. ...Read more

Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that ...Read more


Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Latent Tuberculosis (Definition)

Latent Tuberculosis = an infection by M. tuberculosis ...Read more