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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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Can I take I-pill when I am under TB treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, Precum touched the vaginal opening and we had intercourse with a condom. What are the chances of becoming pregnant? Should an I-pill be taken to avoid it?  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The chances of pregnancy are only in the midperiod five days, that is if you had sex in day-12 to 18 of the cycle. You can count the days as first day of your period is the first day of your bleeding. For example, you had four days of periods, then count the first perio...  Read Full »

My father is a heart patient who is currently experiencing persistent low back pain that extends to his legs and his MRI report shows psoas abscess and hemangioma. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am seeking guidance regarding my father's health situation. He is a heart patient who is currently experiencing persistent low back pain that extends to his legs. We have consulted an orthopedic specialist, who diagnosed him with early osteoarthritic changes. He was prescribed calciu...  Read Full »

Dr. Patil Mahaveer Jingonda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Based on the information and findings, it appears that your father is dealing with an infection in the lumbar spine area, likely attributed to tuberculosis (TB). Urgent attention is required due to the potential for ...  Read Full »

I am experiencing lower chest pain. I took a TB IGRA test, which came back positive. However, the sputum test was negative. What could this be?

Query: Hello doctor,I recently took a TB IGRA test, and the result came back positive. I consulted with a local doctor and underwent a sputum test, which turned out negative. After researching online, I realized that I might have latent tuberculosis, where the bacteria are inside the body but in a dormant ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your TB IGRA (tuberculosis interferon-gamma release assay) report has tested positive, and it is fortunate that the sputum test yielded a negative result. The next step would be to undergo a chest X-ray. If the chest X-ray indicates a positiv...  Read Full »

I have been taking tuberculosis medicines for three months and my reports are all clear, but the doctor asked me to complete the course so that I can resume my sexual activity with my partner. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking tuberculosis medicines for three months and my reports are all clear. The doctor said that I am fine now but I should still complete the course so that I can resume my sexual activity with my partner. Please help. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I have gone through the attachment (attachment hidden to protect the patient’s identity). I would suggest you not worry about anything and yes, you can resume sexual activity with your partner. I hope this helps ...  Read Full »

My wife was diagnosed with GUTB and was tested positive for TB. After 2 months of fertility treatment, she complained of vomiting and giddiness.

Query: Hi, My wife was diagnosed with GUTB (Genitourinary Tuberculosis) and was tested positive for TB PCR. HSG showed blocked fallopian tube whereas USG showed normal ovaries and uterus. After 9 months of ATT (Antitubercular Treatment) her fallopian tube opened during the HSG test. Thereafter doctor start...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your wife is suffering from tuberculosis and it affects her fallopian tube. Now she is suffering from PID, it may be because of tuberculosis or because of some other infection. She feels nausea because of PID or because of drugs used in conception. Please do...  Read Full »

Will CNS tuberculosis spreads from one person to another one?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 year old male, and I met my uncle in the ICU today, who is suffering from central nervous system tuberculosis. I met him for ten minutes, and I talked and shook hands. Now, I am worried about getting infected from him. Is CNS tuberculosis a communicable disease? What are the cha...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Central nervous system tuberculosis as such cannot be transmitted to a healthy young male like you. Pulmonary tuberculosis is a communicable disease. It is very unlikely to get the disease. Do not worry.   Read Full »

Should I go to the hospital for my tuberculosis treatment?

Query: Hello doctor,I recently had a blood test that came back positive for tuberculosis. Since then I have had trouble booking an appointment with a specialist, and was wondering if I should go to the hospital. I have symptoms that include fever, chills, night sweats, a tiny amount of blood in my spit, sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi,Welcome to for your query. It is recommended that you visit the hospital and get further testing and treatment done. I am not sure how you got tuberculosis but there is a definite treatment, standardised worldwide. Directly observed treatment, short-course (DOTS, also known as ...  Read Full »

Should I get treated for my latent tuberculosis infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have done a left BKA (below the knee amputation) due to an automobile accident. I did a tuberculosis (TB) skin test recently and the result was negative. I had an IGRA (interferon gamma release assay) for work because I did not have enough time for a two-step and was positive. I had an ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity) you have attached. Please reply to me with answers to the below-asked questions so that I can guide you better. 1. Any symptoms like cough, low-grade fever...  Read Full »

Will TB lungs exhibit honey comb damage in radiology?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 67-year-old female. I have a significant past medical history of tuberculosis (TB) and a lifetime history of bronchitis. My arthritis is currently being treated with Remicade. Last month, while in a temporary job I developed severe altitude sickness (SOB, fatigue, and confusion)...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from chronic bronchitis with rheumatoid arthritis with recently diagnosed with RA related interstitial lung disease or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. You had a history of pulmonary tub...  Read Full »

My 1-year-old son has enlarged lymph nodes in the neck and his blood tests are negative for viruses. What could this be?

Query: Hello doctor,I brought my 1-year-old son who is 22 Ibs and 33 inches to the doctor due to what I thought was a hernia in his groin. He also has an enlarged lymph node in his neck. However, the doctor said that it was not a hernia. The blood test showed elevated liver enzymes and borderline low plate...  Read Full »

Dr. Shobhit Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. An enlarged lymph node points to an infection in the body, which can be tuberculosis or any other chronic illness. FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) of the lymph node will tell about the size of the lymph node, whether they are matte...  Read Full »

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