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Does the scar disappear after successful PTB treatment?

i'm 25 years old.. 5' in height..100 pounds. i suffered from ptb when i was 12. i had treatment back then but was not fully recovered i guess cause i didn't finish taking meds. i thought i was okay already until i was 20 in 3rd year college i underwent medical exams cause i got the opportunity to go to singapore for training. they found out through my xray result that i have ptb minimal at first they thought its pneumonitis. so i took my meds seriously this time almost for 9 months after that my doctor said that my lungs are clear now. is it possible not to have a scar from ptb minimal after a successful treatment?
Tue, 16 Aug 2016
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Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
It is very difficult to say predict this.
Tuberculosis in lung heals by mostly fibrosis, calcification or both fibro calcified lesions.
Rarely it can cause complete resolution.
So some fibrotic lesions are commonly seen after successful anti tubercular treatment.
No one can predict about complete resolution in any patient.
So there is still possibility that even after 9 months of treatment, you may have scarred lesions on chest x ray.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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Does the scar disappear after successful PTB treatment?

Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic. I can understand your concern. It is very difficult to say predict this. Tuberculosis in lung heals by mostly fibrosis, calcification or both fibro calcified lesions. Rarely it can cause complete resolution. So some fibrotic lesions are commonly seen after successful anti tubercular treatment. No one can predict about complete resolution in any patient. So there is still possibility that even after 9 months of treatment, you may have scarred lesions on chest x ray. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.