Child Health Regarding Tuberculosis?
Noon, I asked about my child’s health problem, my child is 2 years old and 5 months old has a weight of 11kg and has increased in body weight until he is now from the age of 2 years. I have done a blood test and a rongsen, if the doctor said that the result was positive, but the blood test did not show any bacterial infection (did not show TB). I am confused, so my child is actually positive but not because when I see the symptoms of TB my child doesn’t show it all, even my child looks healthy and active. Please explain, thank you
Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. TB in children can occur when a child inhales the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria in the air. These bacteria can then infect not only the lungs, but also the spine, kidneys and brain. If it is infected, the symptoms that this condition may cause are persistent cough, shortness of breath, night sweats, moodiness, weight loss, loss of appetite, and fever.
Regarding your question, identifying TB in children does have its own special ways. For simplicity, see the table below.
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So as you can see, there are certain judgments that can ultimately classify whether a child has TB or not. And of course, this assessment must be carried out by a doctor. If the total score is more than equal to 6, then the child is categorized as having TB, regardless of what the components of the examination are. So for example from chest X-rays, underweight, coughing, fever for no apparent reason and indeed there is contact with TB patients, even though blood tests are not supportive, your child could be diagnosed that way.
Our advice is to avoid misunderstanding, you can reconfirm the components of this assessment to the pulmonologist or pediatrician who examined your child. If it turns out that the score does not meet it, further tests are needed to find out the causes of not gaining weight in your child, such as lack of nutrition, HIV infection, digestive system disorders and so on. So, hopefully it answers your question.
dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa