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What is the treatment for pulmonary TB?

i was diagnosed with pulmonary TB, left lung pleural effusion which was drained 2 months back are on treatment for 2 months chest xray yesterday showd left pleural effusion again. Is this drug resistant TB or what. I did not have any symptoms of TB accept for pleural effusion and chest pain>
Fri, 20 Oct 2017
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The treatment of TB can be difficult and very lengthy. It involves using 4 antibiotics for extended durations (usually at least 6-9 months). The culture results from the pleural fluid that drained should be able available by now (usually take 6 weeks) and this should tell you if the bacteria are resistant to the antibiotics or not. Ask the hospital or doctor for this information.
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What is the treatment for pulmonary TB?

The treatment of TB can be difficult and very lengthy. It involves using 4 antibiotics for extended durations (usually at least 6-9 months). The culture results from the pleural fluid that drained should be able available by now (usually take 6 weeks) and this should tell you if the bacteria are resistant to the antibiotics or not. Ask the hospital or doctor for this information. I hope you feel better.