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 you please help me diagnose why I spit blood?

Query: Hello doctor, I spit blood early in the morning after waking up. I consulted a dentist and then a chest specialist, who advised bronchoscopy and sputum tests. The reports were normal. But, nobody could find the cause for the blood in spit. It is happening from the past two years. Not regularly, but...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The most common causes of early morning blood in the sputum are: Chest infection or tuberculosis. Cardiac issues like rheumatic heart disease. Reflux esophagitis. Now, if your chest has been evaluated and a clearance has been given by your doctor, then my recommendatio...  Read Full »

Should I continue medicines for bone tuberculosis even if I do not have any symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, This question is about medicine duration for bone TB treatment. I was having left hip pain, and MRI showed mild synovitis in the left hip one year ago. The medication was initially started suspecting bone TB. There was a repeat MRI after four months of completion of medicine and everythin...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The answers to your questions are as follows: 1) Duration of treatment is nine months and you have exceeded that, the only need to extend treatment is if the symptoms or if blood parameters are raised. In your case, symptoms, CRP, and ESR are normal. 2) No if th...  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 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 X-ray done and ...  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 »

What does tubercular cervical lymph nodes mean?

Query: Hi, I need to consult a pulmonologist regarding the attached reports. USG and HRCT reports are attached. Kindly help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your question on icliniq, and I understand your concern. I have gone through the reports you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I noticed tubercular cervical lymph nodes. Do you experience any respiratory symptoms? Kindly ...  Read Full »

Should I consult a doctor after finishing my six months tuberculosis medicines?

Query: Hello doctor, What happens if I do not finish the antibiotics needed to treat my tuberculosis? Do I have to get a consultation after finishing my medication for tuberculosis for six months? I have been on antibiotics medicines for six months for his tuberculosis, but have not had a check-up since. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you do not complete the treatment, then tuberculosis will not recover completely, it will reoccur, and it will be resistant to previous medications. You will need even more potent drugs for a longer duration to fight tuberculosis. So I would advise you to comp...  Read Full »

Is the sinus tract in abdomen due to TB?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a cesarean 4.5 years back, after which I developed a sinus tract in the left lower abdominal wall (which was stated to be tubercular (though there was no discharge). Took ATT twice but when repeated USG was conducted, it stated the problem as panniculitis. An MRI revealed adhesion...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava Durgesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I will try to help you as much as possible. A few questions first: 1. Was there any tissue biopsy done for the abdomen wall or the panniculitis lesion? If yes, please share its details. 2. Did you have symptoms of low backache and early morning stiffness, and pain in ...  Read Full »

I have cervical tuberculosis. Will it spread to my partner and my family?

Query: Hi doctor, My age is 25 years, my weight is 57 kg, and my height is 161 cm. I had swelling on the left side of my neck, and later on, I was diagnosed with lymph node TB, and I have been taking TB medicines since the end of last year. I have been married for the past year, and I would like to know if...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. If you have only had cervical tuberculosis (TB), your husband is not at risk. TB is generally spread through the droplet route. However, if you also have active pulmonary TB, your husband and family mem...  Read Full »

Please tell me about the life expectancy of cancer.

Query: Hi doctor, My friend has been having left shoulder pain for months. For the last three weeks, he is also having the hoarseness in his voice (can barely speak) and little energy. He is eating well, but not gaining weight. He has no other symptoms. He is a carpenter and 50 years old. He smokes cigaret...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. I am really sorry to hear about his state. The description given by you with x-ray findings (attachment removed to protect patient identity) supports the diagnosis of lung cancer. Tuberculosis is a possibility, but it is less likely. Hoars...  Read Full »

I have lymph node TB. What can I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I was diagnosed with tuberculosis of lymph node two days ago and started with four first-line tuberculosis drugs. And now my intensive phase finished last week. In the previous two weeks, I gained weight. But I feel tiredness and my legs feel tired all the time, and when I drink or eat ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. I have gone through the images you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is improving for sure. You also have gained weight, so no need to worry. Just finish six to eight months of treatment. Regarding cold al...  Read Full »

I have endobronchial TB, and it is paining when I cough. What can I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a cough and cold for five days; I have been diagnosed with endobronchial TB. Usually, if there is more dust and pollution, my lungs will be affected. This makes me cough badly I also have a sore throat pain but it is reduced now. What should I do? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have gone through the reports you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I want to know a few more things. Please let me know the following: 1. Any fever? 2. Any weight loss? 3. Any loss of appeti...  Read Full »

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