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Having cough with blood tinged mucous, x-ray shows infiltrates in the upper lobes of the lungs. Indicative of TB?

Which information obtained by the nurse about a patient who has been diagnosed with both human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV ) and active tuberculosis (TB) disease is most important to communicate to the health care provider? A) The patient is being treated with antiretrovirals for HIV infection. B) The patient has a cough that is productive of blood-tinged mucus. C) The Mantoux test had an induration of only 8 mm. D) The chest-x-ray showed infiltrates in the upper lobes. It s B or D ???? what do you think?
Asked On : Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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hi there, I don't understand why do you need to be selective about your information to the health care provider. Go ahead and tell them the whole history. From prognostic point of view B and C are most significant as they indicate that the immune system is very much compromised and patient's treatment needs to be stepped up. Also they are highly infectious for TB at that point of time as they might be coughing out bacilli. Take proper action and do not be secretive about this condition. Take care.
Answered: Tue, 11 Dec 2012
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