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Tuberculosis (TB) is a highly contagious bacterial infection, that usually affects the lungs and can spread to other body parts like the brain, spine, stomach, etc. The bacteria Mycobacterium Tuberculosis causes it. The symptoms include persistent cough, blood in cough, chest pain, weight loss, chills, fever, and loss of appetite.

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My mother's X-ray indicates osteopenia. Please help

Query: Hello doctor,My mother who is 67 years old is an osteoporosis patient. She has been recently operated for carpal tunnel in the left hand. A few months back, she had developed an ankle effusion which subsided after starting osteoporosis injections. She is on Gemtide and Calcium. Recently, she has dev...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). An ultrasound cannot diagnose whether she has tuberculosis or not. This requires an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan and also a needle biopsy under ultrasound guidance which needs ...  Read Full »

I am concerned about my mother's X-ray report. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My mother's X-ray indicated the following results: hyperinflated right mid and lower zones, atelectasis, fibrosis, parenchymal nodular opacities, and patchy consolidation of the right upper lobe and the entire left lung features suggestive of sequelae and pulmonary tuberculosis. Our docto...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the reports attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), the findings indicate a past history of tuberculosis. Your mother's lung shows scarring and fibrosis due to a healing mechanism known as tuberculosis sequelae. Is there any history of tuber...  Read Full »

How treat duodenal stricture and colon obstruction caused by abdominal tuberculosis?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has abdominal tuberculosis, duodenum stricture, and obstruction in rectosigmoid and distal sigmoid colon. She does not take any food, not even liquid food. And she does not pass urine and stools from the past four months. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Kagathara Happy Kumar Devkaranbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Abdominal tuberculosis requires antituberculosis drugs for sure, but if a stricture is present even after taking medications for three to four months, then surgery is recommended to relieve obstruction due to stricture. Presently, she is neither able to eat nor able to...  Read Full »

I have tuberculosis of the pleura. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been detected with tuberculosis after pleural effusion. It has been a month. I have been taking the tuberculosis (TB) medicine, but my X-ray is still not clear. I am being suggested that the pleural layer may need a surgery to be taken out and would not get dissolved with medica...  Read Full »

Dr. Kartik Sood

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Tuberculosis of the pleura is a common entity. In your case, it seems diagnosis must have been confirmed by thoracocentesis or a pleural tap and that fluid must have been sent for investigations. I would like to see those reports also. Pleural effusion needs to be drained...  Read Full »

My father has been suffering from a cough for the past month. Can it be cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My 62 year old father has a cough since one month. It is a nagging cough which started after a fever. It is mostly dry, except for a colorless mucus which comes out sometimes. His CBC, blood test and chest X-ray were done last month and all were normal. He is right now on mild antibiotic...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Upadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly, I would like to know if he smokes cigarettes or used to smoke before, or if there is a history of tuberculosis. Secondly, does he have a history of asthma? I do not think it could be cancer. Just do a complete blood count, X-ray, and an ECG and review with yo...  Read Full »

Is it possible to get the vision lost due to TB, back?

Query: Hi doctor, My sister is 33 years old. She has been suffering from vision loss for five years. At the time of treatment, it was diagnosed as TB (Tuberculosis). Since from then, she has been taking all the medicines for the disease till it cures completely. Now, she has undergone the MRI (Magnetic Res...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandan Mohanty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sorry to hear this. Based on the MRI reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems that there has been damage to the optic nerves, which is responsible for eyesight, due to tuberculosis. Unfortunately, her vision loss is longstanding and in general th...  Read Full »

Why is my father having frequent urination after surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, My father aged 62 had undergone the kidney stone removal on both the kidneys. But, after one week of removal he suffered frequent urination with heavy pain. We have tested urine culture report and result is negative. Again we took an UV scan and come to know that the bladder size is reduc...  Read Full »

Dr. Gopinath

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through the reports and prescription (attachment removed to protect patient identity). From the report he has a decreased renal function with increased serum creatinine levels as well as urinary infection seen as increased pus cells. Whenever the culture is negat...  Read Full »

My mother is having fever for with weight loss. Kindly advise.

Query: Hi doctor, My mom aged 45 years, is having a fever for almost two months. The temperature used to vary from 194 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit in the night times and gradually it comes down. She was weighing 231 lbs and now she is 194 lbs. Now, she is having bone pain and light fever in the night when th...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to fact that she has been having a fever off and on for the last two months and is a low-grade fever, especially in the evenings with accompanied weight loss and bone pains indicates a possibility of tuberculosis infection. It is better to get her Mantoux test and ADA (...  Read Full »

My heartbeat is unusual with chest pain and bloody stool. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been noticing some abnormalities in my heartbeat for the past month after I traveled to a cooler place. It was chilling cold over there and my left side of the chest started paining. The pain lasted for almost one to two seconds. The pain radiated to my left arm and shoulder. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. I went through your reports (the attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I strongly believe you have tuberculous pericarditis based on your clinical history. Since ECG (electrocardiogram), ECHO (echocardiogram), and chest ...  Read Full »

Does my X-ray indicate past tuberculosis infection?

Query: Hello doctor, Attached herewith is a detailed report of an X-ray with previous pathological indications. Kindly advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada Jitendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) Chest X-ray as per reports: There is a mild prominence of broncho-vascular markings noted in the visualized bilateral lung fields consistent with bronchitis. Fibrotic...  Read Full »

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