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Can tuberculosis infect organs other than the lungs?

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Can tuberculosis infect organs other than the lungs?

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Published At June 22, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My recent chest x-ray showed some suspicious infiltrates in the lung. I am currently under thyroid cancer treatment. I got two computed tomography (CT) scans done for both the neck and chest. I have attached both reports here. Please help me in clarifying a few terms which I did not follow. I would like to know, what is wrong with my scan. And also suggest if any tests are needed. I have a history of shortness of breath along with thyroid cancer. The technique they used was a non-contrast axial 256-multislice CT scan of the chest which was performed using 3 x 1.5 mm slices. There is no pericardial effusion and no sign of a discrete pulmonary nodule. The heart is not enlarged. There is no endobronchial lesion in the trachea. Esophagus is intact. There is no enlarged mediastinal lymph node. Linear densities in the middle lobe and inferior segment of the lingula give an impression of atelectasis. There is no sclerotic lesion present. Regarding the CT scan of the neck, the technique used was a non-contrast axial 256-multislice CT scan of the neck that was performed using 2 x 1 mm slices with coronal and sagittal reconstruction. The findings show 0.51 x0.51 x 0.67 inches rim calcified nodule in the left thyroid lobe and the right thyroid lobe is unremarkable. The nasopharynx, oropharynx, hypopharynx, larynx, submandibular, and parotid glands are all normal. The pre-styloid parapharyngeal space is maintained. No evidence of enlarged lymph nodes. The oral cavity and floor of the mouth are normal. The cavernous sinuses and visualized brain parenchyma are unremarkable. A convex-shaped soft tissue density is seen within the left maxillary sinus. Both mastoids are properly aerated and there is no sign of any bone destruction. Kindly help.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I went through both your CT (computed tomography) scan reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). According to your CT report, there is no defect in the lungs. It only shows a collapse in certain parts. As you have mentioned you are currently under treatment for thyroid cancer it might be as a result of cancer treatment or because of your advancing age. From your history, your breathlessness and back pain can be due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The CT scan shows an obvious thyroid lesion. The treatment plan would be two puffs of Tiotropium inhaler once every morning. Kindly consult a specialist, talk to them, and use it with their consent. Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you for the reply. Am I suffering from tuberculosis based on my computed tomography (CT) scan results? Please guide.

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com. Tuberculosis is not at all a possibility. So, you need not worry. As I suggested previously, just continue with a Tiotropium inhaler two puffs every morning, and continue with your regular cancer treatment. I hope I have addressed your concerns. Feel free to reach out if you have any further questions.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan
Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Allergy Specialist

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