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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Is chronic granulomatous lymphadenitis a serious disorder?

Query: Hi doctor, I have swelling in the throat for the last three months that increase in size and feeling pain when I touch. I am taking antibiotics for infection. The report of the sample taken from the throat says chronic granulomatous lymphadenitis. I want to ask about this disease's seriousness. Wha...  Read Full »

Dr. Satyajit Jalinder Pawar

Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Oncologist, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query, and I have looked at the reports you have provided (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) shows chronic granulomatous lymphadenitis, suggestive of Koch's pathology. This mean...  Read Full »

My 2-year-old daughter is having high SGPT. Does it indicate liver damage?

Query: Hi doctor, My 2 year old daughter had an abscess on left side of her face.  We got it operated and the biopsy result found to be tuberculosis. But, 45 days of TB culture report came back negative. It was operated a year ago and she was started on TB drug. The medicines prescribed were tablet Macox...  Read Full »

Dr. Sirisha


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your daughter is getting all the medication required for TB (tuberculosis). The medication does have some side effects like the liver enzymes SGPT (serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase) and SGOT (serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase), which were done was raised. Slig...  Read Full »

What is the recommended duration for medication in bone and pulmonary tuberculosis (TB)?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from left-side hip pain for the last four months. The pain initially started while walking, but the pain is more acute for the previous two months. I am using an elbow crutch while going on the staircase, wearing hip support, using Volitra spray, and a hot water bag. I hav...  Read Full »

Dr. Sivasankar Reddy

Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to will cause pain. I suggest you start TB (tuberculosis) medications otherwise, it will progress, and later you will develop arthritis, so begin as early as possible. Sometimes all tests are inconclusive initially, no need to do further testing for the next three m...  Read Full »

Does tuberculosis recur after treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having left side hip pain for the last six months. I am using an elbow crutch while using the staircase, wearing hip support to manage pain. I did MRI two months back, and it showed mild synovitis in the left hip. The doctor suggested a blood test suspecting TB in the hip, but that ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jebin Abraham

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Allergy Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to TB (tuberculosis) can recur at any time in any organ after treatment. Bone TB diagnosis is based on a probability basis and not 100% sure in most cases. You need to try TB medicines and see. 1) Yours is likely a bone TB. But there are several diseases causing synovitis...  Read Full »

Will TB treatment affect my HIV test results?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex before 1.5 years. I was in deep mental stress after that with no proper food. After seven months, I got admitted to a hospital with skin rashes, headache and vomitings. Doctors tested and confirmed that I got meningitis TB and given treatment for 10 days. I was asked...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Unprotected sexual exposure is a risk factor for multiple STDs (sexually transmitted disease), including HIV. However, the risk is quite low ranging from 0.02 to 0.04%. HIV infection has a window period of one to three months during which the test results can be false ...  Read Full »

Does my test suggest active TB infection?

Query: Hi doctor, During fitness examination I got know that I have bilateral apical pleural thickening in the chest x-ray, but neither in the past or current, I have any health complaints. So, the further investigation I did was PPD skin test and QuantiFERON TB gold test, which is positive 20 mm and 3.42 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rohit Jain

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Pulmonologist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your case, and I am of the following opinion. Your blood test and skin test are surely positive and are indicative of active tuberculosis. Your x-ray shows minimal pleural thickening, which shows past lesions. Now the issue is that you might have had s...  Read Full »

What can cause mild fever and heaviness in the stomach?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 58 years old with a weight of 50 kilograms and a height of five feet. She is suffering from a stomach tumor for more than 20 years. Before 13 years, she suffered from brain stroke due to a clot formed in the brain. She is diabetic and hypertensive. She is taking continuous...  Read Full »

Dr. Durairaj Arjunan

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi,Welcome to is suffering from constipation and she needs to take fiber-rich food. She needs to test her thyroid. Her pain mainly occurs due to disc problems. She needs to take an X-ray spine. For heaviness and abdominal discomfort, she needs to take prokinetics and proton pump inhi...  Read Full »

Will my testicular infection spread to my partner through unprotected sex?

Query: Hi doctor,My left testicle is swollen, and it pains sometimes. Doctors say that there is some infection. I was prescribed with AKT-4. Three months back, my semen analysis report showed pus cells 2-4 hpf and RBC 2-4 hpf. My present report showed pus cells nil and RBC nil. Semen culture report showed...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. From the available description, it appears that you suffered from epididymo-orchitis due to tubercular infection. Although the urine culture and microscopy report showed all normal, it is advisable to use protection while in...  Read Full »

My 3-year-old child is suffering from a lump on the neck. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, My 3 year old child has a lump on the right side of his neck. We had observed this a few months back and it has increased a little in size right now. At present, he is having fever since two days. The pediatrician has advised to control temperature through medicines for three days and the...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Child Health Specialist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, Medical Gastroenterologist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is not a big issue most of the time. These lumps if less than 1 cm size is a normal part of the body. We see unusual lumps in the case of tuberculosis and it does not appear in your case. If it is not increased much, only one in number and less than 1 cm with soft in...  Read Full »

What do ground-glass densities in a lung CT indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, My brother got a CT contrast done after cold symptoms. He has a history of smoking. His COVID report is negative. Kindly check the CT and advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. I have gone through your reports, and there were some changes in the left upper lobe of the lung and right lower lobe lung. As it is mentioned in CT that only a few changes are seen and can be due to COVID. But you ...  Read Full »

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