Does The Result Of The Sputum Test Detect That Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Is Positive For TB?

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Sorry I want to ask, my mother did a phlegm test and got a positive MTB detected medium, then I found out if MTB is a virus that causes tuberculosis but my mother has no symptoms of TB symptoms (such as coughing, sputum bleeding, shortness of breath etc). want to ask whether if someone is detected MTB positive for TB disease. thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Danny,


Thank you for the question.

MTB on the results of sputum examination is generally used as short for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is a germ that causes TB disease (tuberculosis, tuberculosis, spots). When infecting the lungs, frequent TB will indeed cause the sufferer to experience coughing, sputum bleeding, chest pain, weight loss, excessive sweating and mild fever, especially at night, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, shortness of breath, and many other complaints.


However, the intensity of the appearance of TB symptoms is not always the same for each person. There are also TB patients whose symptoms are so mild that they are often ignored by sufferers. In addition, TB can also attack other organs, so the clinical symptoms are not always the same as pulmonary TB, the symptoms of which we have described above.


Sputum examination results are ideally concluded directly by the examining doctor, because it needs to be compared with the results of interviews, physical examinations, x-rays, or other supporting tests conducted. Therefore, before worrying too much, you should first consult the results of your mother's examination to the doctor or specialist in internal medicine who examined it, yes. If it is based on the examination conducted by the doctor concluded that your mother has TB, of course this has been done with careful consideration. TB therapy will only be given if it has been established that your mother's condition is indeed caused by TB.


Hope this helps ...

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