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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What is the possible link between Koch's disease and irregular periods?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is suffering from irregular and painful periods from more than a year. We went to the doctor, and he told us to perform several tests like serum vitamin, serum prolactin, thyroid function, hemogram, calcium level, and Mantoux test. The reports, which I have attached, showed th...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is a case of irregular, painful periods, which is not uncommon among the woman who has not become a mother yet. I have gone through the report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), but I could not find anything suggestive of tuberculosis (Koch's diseas...  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. Happykumar Kagathara

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Abdominal tuberculosis requires antituberculosis drugs for sure, but if a stricture is present even after taking medications for 3 to 4 months, then surgery is recommended to relieve obstruction due to stricture. Presently, she is neither able to eat nor able to pass...  Read Full »

My wife's blood report shows abnormal monocytes and ESR. Is this cause for concern?

Query: Hello doctor, Me and my wife got an annual blood test done. Few of my wife's results are off the radar. She is 30 years old, and she had a mild cough when the tests were done. She becomes tired very easily. In the attached hemogram report, her monocytes are 0 and ESR is 80. Rest of the tests inc...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Rathee

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern, but after a detailed evaluation of your wife's reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I would say there is nothing to worry. Only monocytes levels are low, it does not mean much. It does not cause anything serious if ...  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. For further queries consult a general medicine physician online --&g...  Read Full »

How long can a tuberculosis patient spread the bacteria?

Query: Hi doctor, I spent about three hours with my relative's family today as there was a family emergency at my relative's family side. One of my relatives has had TB for several years now and is on medication. I am not sure at what stage the TB is for that relative. He is not too seriously sick. He goe...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have recently come in close contact with a TB (tuberculosis) patient for three hours, and you want to know the risk of being infected. A person can transmit TB to others before a TB diagnosis. A person wit...  Read Full »

Is it fine to take Unwanted 72 while taking TB treatment?

Query: Hi doctor,My wife is under treatment for TB. She is fine with good weight and doing her normal routine. Can she take Unwanted 72?  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Rathee

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Your wife can definitely take Unwanted 72 (emergency contraceptive pill) while on treatment for TB (tuberculosis). There is absolutely no problem at all in taking it. For further doubts consult a general medicine physician online --> http...  Read Full »

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

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

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

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 »

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