Explanation Of The Results Of Chest X-ray Examination?
Yesterday I was X-rayed and the impression is active pulmonary TB with cavitas, what does that mean?
Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Tuberculosis is a disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis and can attack various organs, such as the brain, bones, breasts, glands, intestines and most often the lungs. There are several factors that can increase a person's risk of developing this disease. Among others are:
Children or the elderly
Have low immunity
Live in slums
Stay in a place with poor sun lighting and poor ventilation
Frequent contact or stay at home with people with tuberculosis
Regarding your question, there are many ways to diagnose this condition. Able to see the suitability of symptoms, can check phlegm in the laboratory, can be by injection or Mantoux test and can also by x-rays. With X-rays, among which are visible is the formation of cavity, or a kind of cavity in the lungs, which often occurs in patients with tuberculosis.
So most likely you are now diagnosed with TB, although it will be even more accurate if supported by other tests as we have mentioned before. Our advice, discuss with your doctor about these results, or if you X-ray without a doctor's request beforehand, consult your problem with a pulmonary doctor, for later planning for further treatment.
TB treatment is usually in the form of regular drug consumption for at least 6 months, but what needs to be considered is that the symptoms usually disappear long before that. This is what makes most TB sufferers lazy to take medicine because they feel healed, even though the bacteria are still there. In fact, the remaining bacteria can 'learn' and turn into stronger bacteria, which cannot be treated with ordinary medicine and require a longer duration of treatment to heal. Therefore, keep in mind that when you have indeed been diagnosed with TB and asked to take medication, complete the treatment to the end, for your own good.
Also, close your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing using a tissue or the side of your upper arm, then throw the tissue in the trash. Do not spit carelessly, open the window of the room and let the sunlight also outside air come in, wear a mask, and reduce interaction with children and babies first. So, hopefully answering your question.