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How to cure tuberculosis of the lymph glands permanently ?

hi is tuberculosis lymph glands permanently curable?? if not what we have to do for the permanent cure and what are the tests to take whether the RB bacteria still in body or not??
Asked On : Sun, 7 Aug 2011
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Hello ....
Thanks for coming to HCM.
Lymph node is second most common site for tuberculosis after lung and usually it is a paucibacillary disease (bacterial load is low compared to lung tuberculosis). Usually the disease is cured by a course of ATT ( anti tubercular therapy) i.e 2 months of isoniazide, rifampicin, pyrazinamide and ethambutol followed by 4 months of isoniazide and rifampicin.
Persistence of lymph node during or after treatment can be due to two conditions i.e either it is due to manifestation of hypersensitivity or body immune response to dying bacterial proteins, which is the condition in most of case....or one is harbouring drug resistant bacilli.
If in doubt one can go for culture and sensitivity of aspirate of lymph node and if it is negative then nothing is to be worried of. Here lymph node can be surgically removed if there is cosmetic concern. If culture report is positive and if it is drug resistant tuberculosis one will need treatment as per drug resistant tuberculosis protocol.

Best wishes for your health...
Answered: Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
Thanks for query,
If you have done full course of anti tb medicines then tb is cured.
slight enlargement of lymph node may be there but nothing to worry.they may remain permanently,do not bother.
Take nourishing diet.
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Answered: Sun, 7 Aug 2011
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