Can The Results Of A Medical Check-up Find Out The History Of TB?

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Good morning, I am 27 years old. I want to ask, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis, but now I have had complete treatment for 6 months without breaking up and have been declared healthy by the doctor. If I undergo a medical checkup, can the results know that I have had a history of the disease? thank you

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Hi stetiyorini,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Tuberculosis (TB) can attack multiple organ systems and cause symptoms and requires a variety of healing processes. For that, it needs to be clarified, what TB have you experienced before? What is pulmonary TB?


Pulmonary TB is the most common type of TB infection in Indonesians. This disease can be transmitted easily by inhaling droplets of saliva from the patient's airway, for example when a person coughs, sneezes, or spits carelessly. Pulmonary TB will usually make the sufferer experience a cough with phlegm that does not go away, accompanied by bloody mucus, chest discomfort, prolonged fever, weakness, fatigue, excessive sweating (especially at night), enlarged lymph nodes, weight loss pretty drastic, and so on. Pulmonary TB is treated by administering OAT (anti-TB drug) which contains a combination of antibiotics and vitamins to be consumed for at least 6 months.


After recovering from pulmonary TB and experiencing no more sequelae, TB sufferers can return to their normal activities. Depending on what type of examination you are undergoing, it is possible that the pulmonary TB that you had previously was detected indirectly. This detection process can be possible if the medical check-up process you are undergoing involves an X-ray examination or a complete laboratory examination. On X-rays, often pulmonary TB that has healed will leave scar tissue around the lungs, which will appear as whitish patches or thickened bronchovascular streaks. Alternatively, a complete blood count shows a slight increase in the ESR level (sedimentation rate). However, if the medical check-up process that you are undergoing does not involve the above examination procedures, it could be that your previous pulmonary TB history was not detected.


What you should make sure is, what are the criteria that must be met in the medical check-up process that you are going to undergo? Who is the organizing institution? What examination procedures will be carried out? And for what purpose are these checks carried out?


Each institution certainly has its own policy in dealing with the results of medical checkups that are carried out. It could be, even though you can see the old pulmonary TB scars that you suffered before, this will not necessarily affect your graduation from doing the medical check-up because your current status is healthy. But again, this depends on the policy of the medical check-up provider that you are going to undergo. Therefore, it is much more appropriate if you consult directly with the medical check-up organizing institution.


I hope this helps.

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