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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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How long should I take treatment for TB ?

Hi, Dr. I am 26 years ols and having TB from last 1 year 5 month, getting treatment from MD Chest , from last 1 and half year,,, before one month I tested sputam AFB Culture test from BACTEC Method and it seen positive growth after one week, but no growth seen in the X- Ray report doctor said no new spots are seen in the X- Ray report that are all old spot, my treatment is going continiue bitween this I was feeling good and all thing going well but suddenly before 2-3 month I have blood with my sputam so i went for test as doctor suggest and now sais you have to take treatment for 1 year more, I dont understand wt is this going this with me, I dont know what I do... PLs help me wt should I do..Is TB taking too much time to recovery or else...pls help me.... awaiting for you answer.......
Thu, 5 Jan 2012
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
BLOOD STAIN SPUTUM IS NOT MEAN TB IS ACTIVE . YOU SHOULD CHECK YOUR SYMPTOMS ARE RECOVER OR NOT . SEE FOR WEIGHT LOSS OR NO WT GAIN , SPUTUM PRODUCTION, EVENING RISE FEVER, IF RULE OUT DRUG RESISTANT TUBERCULOSIS.
TO CHECK RECOVERY , DO X RAY CHEST, ESR, SPUTUM AFB.
FOR DRUG RESISTANT TB, DO CULTURE & SENSITIVITY FOR AFB.
TAKE HEMOPTYSIS AS A COMPLICATIONS OF TB( ACTIVE OR OLD )




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Pediatrician Dr. Suryakanta Baraha's  Response
hello,
i think dr ketan has given enough information.better to consult a good chest physician.
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General Surgeon Dr. Rajinder Bajoria's  Response
Hello
Welcome to health care magic
generally tuberculosis responds with in 6-9 months of regular treatment .In few cases drug resistance may develop.to overcome that resistance & take proper treatment I will advise to consult some medical teaching institute ,as they follow latest regime & know how to manage multidrug resistance tubercular patient .Bleeding in sputum can also occur in healed tuberculosis patient due to cough on rupture of bullae.
Wish you speedy recovery
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