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Diagnosed bronchitis and PTB 3. Advice

hi doc my question is last april i went to the doctor for check up because i had a cough and chest pain. after my check up doctor told me i need to stay in the hospital for few days because i have bronchitis then he advise me to have an xray. the next day the doctor told ma that i have PTB 3 i cant believe it because im very active and i never lose my appitite. he explian to me that is new and he show my xray and there is a small spot. thank you very much and i look forward to hear your response.
Asked On : Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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Hi ceecee2012,
Thanks for visiting HCM.
Though cardinal symptoms of tb are usually associated with the disease like cough of any type, bloody sputum , loss of eight , evening rise of temperature etc. but many a times there may be no symptoms. A spot on chest xray may be anything ranging from simple bacterial infection, tubercular to fungal infection to cancer.
I think you must go for sputum examination for at least two samples, ESR, Montoux test.
If sputum is positive then it is the definitive case of TB. If other two are positive, they are suggestive of TB.
Treatment can be started even on strong clinical suspicion because it is better to go for cure rather than to get a complication.

Best wishes
Answered: Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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