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Extrapulmonary tuberculosis, taken Rifampicin. Negative CT scan, PPT test showed TB positive. Help

hi im angeli, i was taking drugs for almost 9 months because my doctor said i have an extrapulmonary tuberculosis . i started taking rimamficin and other 2 meds that he recommended last january 9, 2012 and i just finished taking it last october 7, 2012. no im in mosery as my lymphnodes on my neck, just below my jaw line is still on swell . i can still feel that small marble shaped lymph. before taking the rimamficin and other meds i also took antibiotic for 1 wk and nothing actually happened. my chest are xrayed aswell and it shows they are clear. i had ppd test which was actually postive to tb that why i also had ct scan which is negative also. i had an ultrasound of the neck and the lump was there sittinh on my neck and they suspected extrapulmo tb thats why i took drugs for 9mos and nothing actually happened. i need your professional advice. i might have cancer and could be dying but upto now i am not aware. thank you.
Asked On : Fri, 12 Oct 2012
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The treatment for tb of lymph nodes is preferrably with 4 drugs for first 2 to 3 months and then with 2 drugs for 6 to 7 months-total 9 months of treatment. Your doctor must have had reasons to treat you with two drugs. I hope a FNAC of the node was done to establish the diagnosis. Some times evenafter completion of treatment and complete cure, tb glands may remain. You should consult a pulmonologist who can look at your case in totality and guide you further. If it is worrying you, you may go in for FNAC or even excision biopsy to establtsh the diagnosis. It will also allay your anxiety of cancer.
Answered: Fri, 19 Oct 2012
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