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What to do if my boyfriend has pulmonary tuberculosis?

What to do if my boyfriend has pulmonary tuberculosis?

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

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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What is the pathology of pulmonary tuberculosis?

See below: Http://www. Webmd. Com/lung/tc/tuberculosis-tb-topic-overview
The issue is too complicated for this forum. To get a start, consult the web address given above. ...Read more

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What to do to prevent pulmonary tuberculosis reinfection?

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

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What does it mean to have pulmonary tuberculosis? Is this life threatening?

What does it mean to have pulmonary tuberculosis? Is this life threatening?

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

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My relative just passed away due to intensive pulmonary tuberculosis. Do I have anything to worry about?

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

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Is fibrotic pulmonary tuberculosis contagious?

Is fibrotic pulmonary tuberculosis contagious?

Yes if active: Any form of active pulmonary tuberculosis can be contagious. Fibrotic only refers to the appearance on imaging. Active pulm TB can have many appearances including fibrotic, cavitary, nodular, etc. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB)?

What is pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB)?

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

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What are the symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis?

What are the symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis?

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

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Who is typically affected by pulmonary tuberculosis?

CloseContactWith: Anyone who comes in direct contact with a patient who suffers from Tuberculosis of Lungs and has not been treated enough to be negative for the the bacteria also called Acid Fast Bacilli in their sputum ...Read more

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What vitamins are applicable for people with pulmonary tuberculosis?

Patient on INH: Inh, Isoniazid is often prescribed for patient with tb. This often increases the risk of peripheral neuropathy and so patients taking inh are also given pyridoxine (vitamin b6). ...Read more

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I have completed 2 months treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis now can I kiss my boyfriend?

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

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Would other passenngers be infected if pulmonary tuberculosis. On air carrier are his clothes are mixed with others?

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

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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

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

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Extra pulmonary tuberculosis Mediastinal lymphadenopathy Att in used hepatitis?

Extra pulmonary tuberculosis Mediastinal lymphadenopathy Att in used hepatitis?

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

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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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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

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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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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?

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

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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

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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.

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.

Tuberculous scar: Tuberculous scars disappearing! A scar is a scar it won't disappear. If anything it may predispose you to lung cancer, and there is nothing that could predict conversion to malignancy. ...Read more

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Prophylaxis regimen for a neonate whose mother having active sputum positive pulmonary tuberculosis, is this effective?

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

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I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get pulmonary aspergillosis?

Depends: If at the end of treatment, your lungs have a scar in the form of a cavity, you can get a form of aspergillosis called aspergilloma. Presence of aspergillus in the lungs does not always mean infection or aspergillosis. ...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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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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