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Tb Scars On Lungs
Rarely: Scar carcinoma can occur, but is extremely rare and more often talked about than actually seen. ...Read more
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
They do not but:
Cancer develops when immunity surveillance decreases by age, infections and genetic alterations.....
Etiology of lung cancer in non- smokers is unclear but genetic alteration is largely to blame. Air pollution and second- and third- hand smoking could play a part. Tb scar in the lung could be a milieu or area for developing cancer to nest in....But, this is very rare. Thank you. ...Read more
Tb scar on lungs was treated frm TB last year. Is is possible to get lung cancer or any other disease bcz of d TB scars? Wat r d health risks?
My chest xray showed--right upper midzonal consolidation is seen with a fibrotic element. Is it TB scar? Could it cause lung cancer. Doctor please answer.
Abnormal Xray: I cannot say without seeing the xray. However, "fibrotic" implies scarring. If you have history of tb, it can be from that, or any prior infection. Would not hurt to keep an eye on it, as TB can recur. Tb does not cause lung cancer, nor does scarring. If the scarring is from smoking however, that does cause cancer without doubt! If you do smoke, at your age you have time to heal if you quit. ...Read more
Hi doctor, m cured frm TB bt TB left scars. Can I get lung cancer/any other disease bcz of TB scars? 22 year old female. I don't smoke. Plz reply me.
Don't worry: We've both been cured of TB and that's a good thing. The tiny statistical cancer risk that these old scars pose (and not everybody believe they even do) isn't something we can do anything about. You can't remove the scar, and nowadays it's not considered even worth getting radiation to look for it. Just be grateful that TB is now manageable. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can lymp nodes and enlarged glands shrink after treatment for TB lympadentitis. Can extrapulmonary TB cause lung scarring because of enlarged glands?
Can TB lympadentitis cause lung scarring without having pulmonary tb? Chest xray show only enlarged gland.
Highly unlikely: TB lymphadenopathy is initiated when macrophages carry the bacillus from a pulmonary alveolar focus to the lymph node which then enlarges, suppurates and ruptures into an adjacent blood vessel. So it is virtually impossible to have pulmonary nodes involved without having pulmonary infection first. ...Read more
I had TB 6 years ago, and made a scar on my right upper lung. Is there a possibility that it will be rem0ved?
Undergone a chest xray today and they found a scar in my lungs. I don't hav tb symptoms or is it possible bcos when I had bronchitis in the past?
What is the life expectancy with pulmonary TB scars? Shall I get married? Will the fibrotic element in my upper lung due to TB cause prblems in future
Enjoy life: Always have a good primary care doctor, and always buy good, non-hmo insurance so that doctors have plenty of time to take care of you. See the doctor for ill symptoms and for regular check-ups. Other than that, one can live life as if there were no TB lung scars, after finishing treatment. That means go out, meet people, get married, have children and grandchildren, and live happily ever after. ...Read more
Will TB scars cause breathing problems? Is oxygen therapy needed? In future when I conceive will it effect my lungs?
Lung scars: While lung scars do decrease the alveolar total space and cause fibrosis, their effect is still dependent on the lung function. If you have an adequate lung function as seen in pft and dlco, you should not have much problem. ...Read more
After TB lymphadentitis treatment is there a possibility to get a lung scar without having pulmonary tb? Chest glands were enlarged.
Tuberculosis infections can certainly cause (calcified scars) or granulomas.
Such scars can also be caused by previous lung infections such as pneumonia, certain fungus in the soil known as histoplasmosis which sometimes causes infection but rarely causes any health problems. After receiving adequate treatment for TB lymphadinitis, a watchful waiting would be advised. ...Read more
What do cysts on lungs mean? I don't have tb or cystic fibrosis I had a ct scan done and it says their are several cysts and a pluralparenchymal scar
Most likely benign: You should ask the doctor who ordered it though ...Read more
Mild scarring is seen in the right lower zone of my lung, what does it mean? I don't even have history of tb. How do I get this?
Can old TB scars remain permanently? And it will be visible on routine chest xrays? Please I need a answer. Doctor please reply me please
When I was 8, the dr found I had TB germ&i took medicine 4 a yr 2 get rid of it. Even tho I didn't active TB could the germ cause scarring of my lung?
Chest x-ray showed fibronodular opacities in right upper & left mid zone. Had TB 4 yrs back, are these scars from earlier tb? Can this be removed?
This is a Complex Qu: This is a complex issue. Yes, TB can and often does cause fibrosis/nodular changes which typically regress partially or complete once a full course of treatment has been taken. There is of course risk of recurrence of TB. So we have to find out if your lung changes are left over of the older TB or are these new changes (progression). For this you need to go back to the doctor who treated your TB. ...Read more
I don't have TB scar on my arm or thigh, & I'll be going to chest hospital as a nursing student, will it be dangerous? I have pulm HTN 42mmHg, had asthma
Infection control: Make sure you check in with the infection control department at the chest hospital. They will be able to advise you either for getting vaccinated if endemic area or use protective mask as needed. ...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.
Does tuberculosis lung scar disappear completely after treatment? Or it will stay visible in chest xray even for decades? Help please. Thanks
A lung: Scar will generally not disappear. It can remain stable for many years. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with lung scarring after infection (tuberculosis) for mote than 3 yrs, im 26 years old. What food that I can take with this condition?
Anything you like: There is no limitations on what you can eat. Eat all that is healthy! ...Read more
Accept Rx or die: It's that simple. And you must comply with treatment exactly as prescribed, or you are likely to develop a resistant strain that will not respond to further treatment. This is costing people their lives all over the world. I'm going to assume the diagnosis is accurate and that you're quarantined as required to keep others safe. ...Read more
Good day I am dignosed with TB in the lungs....And are my 2nd week of taking pills....Can I still infect other people...My kids?
Tb scars are something to worry about? Shall I get married? After PTB with scars what is life? Can TB scars cause breathing prblmes or pain?
Tuberculosis: Pulmonary scarring from tuberculosis may not produce significant problems, but this depends upon how extensive and where the scars were located. In any event this should not influence whether you date or get married. If he loves you, none of this will matter, and the overwhelming probability is that you will be just fine. Best wishes. ...Read more
Do TB skin tests leave scars for lifetime or they disappear aftr some time? Do they disappear only for negative cases or disappr in positive cases too
Usually TB tests:
Do not leave scars however a rare highly positive test can lead to minor skin damage and a "reminder" (scar) never to have another TB test again!!!
(The first "positive" especially the "severe" ones should result in TREATMENT with anti-TB medication (INH)
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
TB: It can. The primary focus is usually the right lower lobe because that is the easiest site of entry for inhaled droplet nuclei containing afb. When the infection reaches the local nodes they suppurate, erode into an adjacent artery and the m. Tbc then spreads throughout the body to the areas with most blood flow. Either the patient then forms multiple granulomas or goes on to develop miliary tb. ...Read more
Not TB: Radiographic findings are one part of diagnosis of disease processes. Some things can have similar appearances and usually differential in diagnosis. Negative correlative blood test and sputum negate the radiographic findings. Negative skin test: means the person’s body did not react to the test, and that latent TB infection or TB disease is not likely. Look for other cause of xray findings. ...Read more
TB vs scar: Nodular densities in the lung are often seen as a result of scarring. If you are concerned about TB then getting a TB skin test would be the first step. If it is negative then the nodule in the lung is not TB. If it is positive and you are not coughing then it means you have been exposed to TB but do not have active TB. If it is positive and you are coughing then you need sputum culture done. ...Read more
I've taken medicine for TB for 11 months but still I have painin my right lung. What should I do?
Pain alone: Doesn't necessarily mean that therapy is not working. See your doctor. ...Read more
Tb lymphadenitis can cause permanent enlargement of node? Is surgery safe? Are there any side effects? Will I get a scar? Pls reply
Yes: YES- to all questions, Consult your treating physician. ...Read more
Can intense greif/ psychological trauma cause one to ve tb? It is said by ppl in some countries that TB of lungs is a disease caused by greif
No: You can get TB from exposure to the bacteria associated with the illness. This may come through infectious droplets from a TB patient's cough or sneeze. Most people overcome this primary tb, & it stays dormant for years. Especially in elderly and sick people though, it can reactivate. In traditional chinese medicine, the emotion governing the lung is grief -- but this differs from tb. ...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