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Two weeks of ATT will render the patient non infective in TB, thats the primary goal as its a communicable disease and treatment for 15 days to one month will reduce the bacterial count such that the sputum positive becomes negative .Hence ATT kills the bacteria but do not involve in the healing of the lesions already formed by TB , the healing should take place by nature . Pleural effusion
are indicators of inflammation but not the infection.
If effusion is minimal it will get absorbed on its own, in moderate to severe cases drainage
of the fluid is necessary by intercoatal aspiration.ESR is a chronic finding will take months to get normal after infection is cured. Hence complete the course of the ATT to clear the infection and prevent relapse which is very common.
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