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Q. What are the possible risks to a pregnant woman if her husband has bone TB?

Answered by
Dr. Zubayeralam
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 02, 2021

Hello doctor,

My husband was diagnosed with hip bone tuberculosis a few days back, and he is under medication. He recovered from pulmonary tuberculosis two years ago. As I missed my periods, I might be pregnant most probably. Since we are staying together and sexually active, I am worried about getting TB and its impact on my pregnancy.

Kindly answer the queries;

1) Is it wise to continue with pregnancy while living with a TB patient?

2) Is there any preventive medication that can be taken while living with a TB patient?

3) What kind of complications will the fetus have if a pregnant mother develops TB?

4) Which kind of treatment is available for pregnant women with TB?

5) Can the pregnant mother take normal TB medicines that are given to any TB patient?

6) Is there any TB treatment that can keep safe both pregnant women and child?

7) What is the possibility of getting TB from him?

8) Which specialty of doctor should a pregnant woman with TB consult?

I am looking forward to your reply.

Thank you.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your husband has become positive for bone tuberculosis, and you might be pregnant as you have a history of missed periods.

The answer to your queries are as follows;

1) You can continue with pregnancy while living with a TB (Tuberculosis) patient. But you have to take some safety measures.

2) If a pregnant woman has a risk of developing TB shortly, she can take tablet Isoniazid as prophylaxis along with Pyridoxine or vitamin B6.

3) Some complications like miscarriage and sepsis may develop in the case of pregnant women.

4) Treatment for TB in pregnant women is available as TB can occur at any stage of life. Usually TB patient takes four regimens, but as a pregnant woman, you have to take only three.

5) Yes, pregnant women can start to take TB medications at any stage of pregnancy.

6) TB medications will give safety to both mother and fetus.

7) You should consult a gynecologist first, do a tuberculin test to exclude TB, and then consult a pulmonologist for further treatment.

8) After taking TB medicines for 15 days, a Tb patient cannot spread the infection.

Take care.


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