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Pulmonary Tuberculosis Stage 3
See your doctor asap:
You need to
1-wear a mask when sharing a space with him until he has been cleared by the health department
2-visit your doctor to get a skin test called PPD and a cxr
3-if the PPD is negative repeat another one in 6-8 weeks
4-if the PPD is positive you need to start treatment as directed by your dr. ...Read more
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
Avoid those with TB: By 'reinfection' I assume you were diagnosed with (and treated for) TB? If so, your risk is low, but the best preventive strategy for TB is for public health agencies to find & treat those with active infection, and screen for and treat those with 'latent' infection (exposed to and carrying TB bug, but not actively infected). If you are exposed to person w/active TB, you can rarely re-acquire it ...Read more
Potentially serious: Pulmonary tuberculosis is due to lung infection with a "mycobacteria". Historically a serious but treatable infection, there are now strains that can be difficult to treat because of resistance and can be very serious. A "positive PPD test" must be evaluated by a physician, and, if necessary, treated promptly with antibiotics. ...Read more
My relative just passed away due to intensive pulmonary tuberculosis. Do I have anything to worry about?
Yes: If you have been exposed to a person with active pulmonary tuberculosis without wearing an appropriate face mask you are at risk for acquiring the disease. You should see your doctor and get a skin test or gamma indterferon release test now and if negaqtive again in 9 weeks. Your risk of acquision depends on the closeness of your contact and the infectivity of the infected person. ...Read more
LungInfectionWithTB: It is an infection in the lungs caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium Tuberculi. Which needs to be treated with combinations of drugs (Antibiotics) is very contagious and if not treated appropriately may end in respiratory failure and death. But it is a treatable disease but unfortunately many in third world country still are dying from this infectious disease ...Read more
Cough, wt loss and..: Cough is one of the main symptoms of pulmomary tuberculosis (85-90% of case) along with poor apetite/fatigue, wt loss, and night sweat etc. But depending the location and severity of involvement, cough may not be severe at all. Tuberculosis can be non-pulmoary (10-15%)--in the abdomen, kidney/adrenal glands, brain, bones, neck, limbs, genital urinary tract, and even skin etc. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Recurrence possible: Reactivation of TB is possible even with compliance and a treatment regimen. ...Read more
How can someone with pulmonary tuberculosis travel safely without infecting others? Need to go to other city for futher checkups.
Mgt: A special mask from your TB physician may be provided and can be used, but avoiding crowds is advised. ...Read more
Sure: First off, a 2 month treatment suggests that you were being treated for 'latent' TB rather overt active infection that is usually treated for 9 months. In latent tb, you are not infectious anyway and kissing does not transmit tb. ...Read more
Would other passenngers be infected if pulmonary tuberculosis. On air carrier are his clothes are mixed with others?
Yes: If you have active pulmonary TB and are not wearing a special mask for tb, then yes, you are very likely infecting at least some other people on the plane and where ever you are on the ground. Put on a mask and get treated right away! TB is transmitted through the air. ...Read more
Hi doc, I was tested positive for pulmonary tuberculosis in january 2011 this year in my lungs. I have completed my course of me age- 23
Unsure: Not quite sure of your question. If you tested positive you likely took 6-9 months of the drug isoniazid. That should be all that is necessary. ...Read more
TB: Hi, I have hard time understanding the question, if you mean that TB could affect live and causes hepatitis, the answer is yes, please re-ask the question if you need something else to know, ...Read more
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
From few months hair has become very thin can't use gel or wax, two years back I had pulmonary tuberculosis. What to do?
It may or may not be related to the meds you were given for tuberculosis
consult a dermatologist. ...Read more
Hi im having Pulmonary tuberculosis smear negative. Will tuberculosis medicine such as AKuriT 4 will make me deaf? What is the long term side effects?
Is it confirmed:
I am not cetain from your story as to whether you have tuberculosis or are beeing tests to see if you have it. There are a variety of meidcations available
I an not familar with AKurit 4.
Yur best chocie is to see an infectious disease expert. ...Read more
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
My father was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis. He is 81.He got discharged from hospital. He is ok but lots of weakness. Is it normal! Help?
No/Yes: Your father could be weak after a hospital stay for any ailment but should be evaluated for any deterioration from when he left the hospital or for any concerns. I am assuming he is elderly and this would be expected but he may need something for his appetite and also physical therapy for improve his stamina and strength. ...Read more
Diagnosis say Extra pulmonary tuberculosis Mediastinal lymphadenopathy Drug Ethambutol 800mg, levoflox 500mg it is right Medicine?
Not sure: This is a complicated question to answer in this format. Are you sure those are the only TB meds you've been prescribed? You're on an unusual combination of medications which makes me suspect you've been diagnosed with a resistant form of tuberculosis. Hopefully you are seeing someone who is experienced in the treatment of TB, and who can tailor therapy appropriately for this serious disease. ...Read more
Can a lung scar caused by pulmonary tuberculosis (already treated) ever disappear? It's been 2 years and the scar is still there every xray exam.
Is Akurit 4 tablet (containing 4 frontline drug for tuberculosis treatment) is alone enough to treat pulmonary tuberculosis with pleural effusion?
Mgt: I would recommend close follow up. The pleural fluid cultures can identify resistance patterns. The therapy is guided accordingly. ...Read more
Prophylaxis regimen for a neonate whose mother having active sputum positive pulmonary tuberculosis, is this effective?
Yes: As long as mother does not have a multiply drug-resistant TB. The newborn should have undergone evaluation for a possible congenital TB. ...Read more
My friend had a chest xray done today report shows nonhomogenous shadowing with fibrocalcific changes seen in right upper zone of lung chronic inflammatory disease pulmonary tuberculosis please tell me what dose it means?
Old tb?: Sounds like old TB but your friend should see a pulmonologist to know for sure. ...Read more
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