Tuberculosis

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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In chest x-ray, what is the meaning of bilateral apical inhomogeneities?

Query: Hi doctor, I have applied for a job in abroad. I was asked to get a complete medical checkup. In the chest x-ray report, it was mentioned as bilateral apical inhomogeneities. What does it mean?  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W Diwan

Allergy Specialist, Pulmonologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A chest x-ray is a routine part of any pre-employment checkup. Your query regarding reporting of x-ray as bilateral inhomogeneous opacities suggests old or active infection most probably tuberculosis. So, it is advisable to do sputum AFB test (acid-fast bacilli) to rul...  Read Full »

What cause pain in the chest while taking TB treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a stabbing pain in the chest while taking TB treatment with four types of drugs (DOTS) since one and a half months. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Smit Uttam Janrao

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This pain can be due to fluid in the pleural space, due to pleurisy or due to a cardiac cause. I suggest you take tablet Combiflam (Ibuprofen and Paracetamol), twice a day for five days. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medicines wit...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for lumps in the ovary?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife did not get her periods last month. The same happened exactly one year ago. At that time, we had consulted the doctor and she gave 21 day course of tablet and after that she got periods. At that time, she has a sonography. The doctor showed that there were small lumps on the right...  Read Full »


Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. These are likely to be unruptured follicles or hemorrhagic follicles. Most commonly such things occur in endometriosis, which can be confirmed and treated through laparoscopy. Only, if you are trying for pregnancy or if cysts are large and painful, then laparosco...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my chronic productive cough?

Query: Hello doctor, I need to get a help for my persistent cough. I have been having this for the past six months. My current medications are 100 mg of Sertraline daily for depression and anxiety. For the past six months, I started developing a persistent, productive cough. The cough usually produces cl...  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. There are many causes of chronic cough. I would like to know if you have any other symptoms also like weight loss, blood in the expectoration, loss of appetite, night sweats, low grade fever, or even...  Read Full »

Is there a way to prevent ectopic pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife had first ectopic pregnancy before two years and her left tube was ruptured. She had laparoscopic surgery at that time and the bleeding was stopped by laser and the tube was left in ruptured condition. After one year we tried, but did not conceive. After two years of the incident,...  Read Full »


Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If tuberculosis have not done irreversible damage to the tube and endometrium (inner lining of the uterus), then pregnancy can happen either naturally or with treatment. A simplest way to check these two things is one mid-cycle ultrasound (around day 13 or 14 of menses) t...  Read Full »

Please interpret my quantiferon TB Gold results.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having gastric issues and after an MRI the doctors identified a mass in my small intestine. They suspected many different things including Crohn's disease and intestinal tuberculosis. I went through different tests, and a couple of days later, the clinic called me to say I...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, to answer your question you have to understand two things. Test positive but disease negative = False positive result. Test positive and disease positive = True positive result. Your test is positive for TB (tuberculosis), but still the disease is not proved...  Read Full »

Does Doxycycline affect the accuracy of sputum report?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 45 year old female. I am getting on and off cough. I have lost 5 kg in the last two years. My CT shows atypical changes and QuantiFERON TB test shows positive with a reading of 0.38. I am waiting to get my sputum test result. I am currently on Doxycycline 100 mg per day and this i...  Read Full »


Dr. Nageswara Rao

Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your symptoms, pulmonary tuberculosis have to be ruled out. Weight loss of 5 kg in two years is not significant. But, on and off cough with breathlessness is significant. QuantiFERON TB is not a diagnosis of active TB, It shows latent TB. Your CT findings (attachme...  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. Since from then, she has been taking all the medicines for the disease till it cures completely. Now, she has undergone the MRI of the brain. I am attaching ...  Read Full »


Dr. Chandan Mohanty

Neurologist, Neuro Surgeon, Spine Surgeon, Spine Health Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

What can cause mild fever and heaviness in the stomach?

Query: My mother's age is 58, height is 5 feet, weight around 50 kg. She suffered a stomach tumour more than 20 years back, which was to be operated upon. 13 years back, she suffered a brain stroke because of the clotting of a vein inside the brain. She is diabetic and has hypertension too. Since then she ...  Read Full »


Dr. Durairaj Arjunan

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: She is having constipation and give her fiber rich food and also test her thyroid. The pain that you mentioned is mainly because of her disc problem most likely. Get xray spine done initially. For her heaviness and abdominal discomfort we may add prokinetics and proton pump inhibitors ( Rabiu...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest tests to be done for a cough, apart from a chest x-ray.

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached an x-ray report of my 1 year old baby girl. The report was ill-defined haziness seen in the right perhilar and para-cardiac regions - pneumonitis. What does it mean? She has cough since last five days. My mom is suffering from active tuberculosis. So, x-ray was suggested a...  Read Full »


Dr. Payas Joshi

Child Health Specialist, General Practitioner, Paediatrician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. See as you said, your mother is suffering from active TB (tuberculosis), TB in the child should also be ruled out first. It may be just pneumonia, but TB should be ruled out with some more investigations mentioned below. Is the child gaining ...  Read Full »

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