Tuberculosis Infection

Tuberculosis Infection is caused by Tuberculosis bacteria. It may get spread from person to person via respiratory droplets let out while coughing, sneezing, or talking. Tuberculosis mainly affects the lungs but if left untreated it may affect other body parts like the heart, kidney, liver, brain, or joints as well. it markedly weakens one's immune system.

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What should I do if my X-ray still shows that I have TB even after completing nine months of anti-TB treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with TB. After six months of anti-TB treatment, my X-ray test showed that I still have TB. So, my doctor told me to continue my medication for another three months, which will end next month. What if my X-ray still shows that I have TB? What shall I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Harsha D. S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your issue. I would require some details to understand your illness better. Kindly explain or upload the following 1. What were your initial symptoms when you were diagnosed with tuberculosis? 2. Kindly upload your initial X-ray report and sputum ...  Read Full »

Why am I having chest pain even after getting treated for pulmonary tuberculosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with PTB in the right lung through a chest X-ray a few months ago. I could not do the sputum test because I could not expectorate. I have been experiencing chest pains only. There is no fever, no coughing, and no night sweats. My doctor prescribed me a few drugs. Howeve...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Jauhari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. The cavities are wounds in the normal lung tissue. Cavities heal slowly. Pain is a normal symptom in such condition. If you are still experiencing unbearable pain, I suggest you take painkillers after consulting a ...  Read Full »

Kindly look at my skin test and explain whether I have tuberculosis.

Query: Hello doctor, Looking for an opinion on tuberculosis skin test. Please answer if you have experience with PPD skin tests. I am 34 years old, former cigarette smoker. My friend got diagnosed with tuberculosis due to strong arthritis medications, and I have had some contact with him. I have attached ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Montoux test, PPD test is a very non-specific test and does not give you any confirmation for tuberculosis. It is used as an adjuvant test for diagnosis and never as sole test. It is read after 48 hours of injection. You have not mentioned the duration. You have to measur...  Read Full »

I had tuberculosis one year back, and I got a Mantoux test done recently, which was positive. Does this indicate I have TB?

Query: Hi doctor, I had tuberculosis one year back, and I got a Mantoux test done recently, which was positive. Also, I got a chest X-ray done, and it was normal. So what do I have to do now? Whether it is TB positive or not? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please answer the following questions to be more clear about the current situation: 1. How was tuberculosis(TB) diagnosed a year ago? 2. What symptoms you had that time? 3. Which body organ was affected the last time you had TB? 4. For...  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 appetite...  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 I 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 ...  Read Full »

Why did my doctor suggest surgery for spinal TB, despite improvements in symptoms with medication?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with spinal TB five years ago in the middle of the year. The pain began at the end of the year, and I have been under medication for the past seven months. Initially, my pain was so severe that I could not get out of bed, but my pain is subsiding now. My weight was 53 kgs...  Read Full »

Dr. Palani Kumar Chellamuthu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I am glad to know that your condition has improved, and I assume you are still on Anti-TB (tuberculosis) treatment drugs. 1. Your X-rays and scan reports show your TB is healing (attachment removed to protect the ...  Read Full »

What is the purpose of bronchoscopy?

Query: Hello doctor, One week before, I had some fever and cough problem for which the doctor suggested a chest x-ray, sputum culture, and sensitivity test and give some antibiotic courses for five days. Currently, I am fine, with no fever or chest pain. Only some coughing is there. On examining lung x-...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen all reports attached to your query and justify your concern about an invasive procedure like bronchoscopy. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The history you mentioned is quite clear but many important points are missing too. Without whic...  Read Full »

What medications should I take to shrink the lesion that I have in my brain due to brain tuberculoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I have disseminated tuberculosis with brain tuberculoma. I experienced a severe episode two months ago. I am using the AKT-4 kit. I underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan after two months. The scan reports suggested that the lesion is still there. What medication should I ta...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the reports attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), I can see a significant reduction in inflammation of the brain. I suggest you do some relaxation exercises regularly and go for walks to get pure oxygen. Eat healthy and home-cooked foo...  Read Full »

I came in contact with a TB patient recently. Will I get a tuberculosis infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old male. I came in contact with a TB patient yesterday. Will I get tuberculosis? Is it contagious? Am I in a serious or emergency state to get treatment to avoid TB?  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to TB (tuberculosis) is a contagious disease. If that person is open-type TB sputum positive, you must take precautions. I suggest waiting and watching. The incubation period is a minimum of 3 to 45 days. You can do a sputum acid-fast bacillus test and chest X-ray.  Read Full »

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