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What treatment is suggested for PTB on the right upper lung?

Hello doctors, I am a registered nurse and I am applying for a job, but my pre employment medical exam revealed that I have PTB on the right upper lung. I do not have any signs and symptoms of active ptb. I am positive with PPD test, but my sputum shows that there is no AFB seen in three samples. With my latest consultation with a pulmonologist, he stated that I have to undergo 6 mos treatment.
I wonder if after treatment my lungs will be scarred? Or is there any remedy to avoid or lessen it. Thank you doctors.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014
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Hello and welcome to HCM,
The diagnosis of paucibacillary tuberculosis of the upper lung lobe suggests that there is focus of tubercular infection in the upper lung lobe.
You need to take anti-tubercular treatment for a period of 6 months as prescribed by your doctor.
Tuberculosis is a chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammatory process is characterized by fibrosis and fibrosis appears as scarring.
The degree of scarring cannot be determined in advance.
However, whatever scarring occurs clears away with the passage of time.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
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What treatment is suggested for PTB on the right upper lung?

Hello and welcome to HCM, The diagnosis of paucibacillary tuberculosis of the upper lung lobe suggests that there is focus of tubercular infection in the upper lung lobe. You need to take anti-tubercular treatment for a period of 6 months as prescribed by your doctor. Tuberculosis is a chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammatory process is characterized by fibrosis and fibrosis appears as scarring. The degree of scarring cannot be determined in advance. However, whatever scarring occurs clears away with the passage of time. Thanks and take care Dr Shailja P Wahal