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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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Why do I need to take TB medicine for a long time?

Why do I need to take TB medicine for a long time?

Slow growth: Tb is different from other bacteria in that it grows very slowly. That's why antibiotics have to be in the body in a sustained fashion to kill every sleeping bug and prevent recurrence or resistance. This takes 9 months to a year of treatment. ...Read more

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

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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Which is the best time to take TB medicines and do I really need to have a full meal before taking them?

Which is the best time to take TB medicines and do I really need to have a full meal before taking them?

Establish routine: Choose a time frame and use it daily. That way you will remember to take them. The meal is to both enhance absorption of the meds as well as to minimize the abdominal discomfort that may otherwise occur. Good luck. ...Read more

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I feel fine. Do I really need to take medicine for latent TB infection?

Yes because: The idea of treating latent TB is to make sure it never becomes active. If it ever becomes active, you will get really really sick. Better to take one drug for 9 months, then be deathly ill taking 4 drugs. ...Read more

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Is it safe and advisable to take the cat. I drugs for TB just to get rid of the inactive bacilli in my body? (+)ppd, (-) cxr.

Is it safe and advisable to take the cat. I drugs for TB just to get rid of the inactive bacilli in my body? (+)ppd, (-) cxr.

I think so: When you get older, if those nasty little creatures are still alive, they'll have a good chance get out of the m;m-thin shell that's encasing them and hurt you. ...Read more

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If diplopia or vertigovision occur in brain tb. How much time it takes to recover? While, TB is 3 month old and pateint is taking medicine from 1month

If diplopia or vertigovision occur in brain tb. How much time it takes to recover? While, TB is 3 month old and pateint is taking medicine from 1month

Tb meningitis: If you have TB meningitis affecting cranial nerve functions...Double vision and vertigo, it will likely take months to perhaps get some recovery. It is important to consult your neurologist, because some forms of TB do not respond to standard medications. He or she will need to check on your response to the medications you are getting. Do not delay doing this, since the disease may progress. ...Read more

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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