Has TB Treatment Been Cured Within 9 Months?
Doctor, I was declared cured by the doctor during my 9 months of treatment, but what is still not happening is the radiology results.
Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Tuberculosis is a disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis and although it often attacks the lungs, it can also attack the lymph nodes, bones and brain. Among the factors that increase a person's risk for this disease are:
Live in the slum area
Lack of air circulation and not getting sunlight into the house
Seniors and children
Having low immunity, for example because of being exposed to HIV
Being in the same house or in frequent contact with HIV sufferers
Handling of this condition is indeed quite long, namely routine treatment for at least 6 months. It is said to be minimal because there are 2 types of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis that is "ordinary" and in which the bacteria are resistant or resistant to tuberculosis drugs. Those who are resistant certainly need longer treatment. In addition, usually at the 2nd and 5th month of taking the drug, re-evaluation is carried out, if there are still bacteria, it is possible that the duration of treatment can be increased.
Regarding your question, it is true that the X-rays show that there is still active pulmonary TB in your lungs. However, TB evaluation is not based on this, but on sputum testing. In terms of confidence, to diagnose TB you should also use a sputum test, blood test and a Mantoux test, not just a chest X-ray. Because from the sputum test it is known whether there is still bacteria in your sputum or not.
So if you have already done a sputum test and the results are negative, then it is likely that you have recovered. But if you haven't, and your doctor is only basing your recovery on the X-rays, then you can reconfirm this to your doctor, or to another pulmonary doctor for a second opinion. So, hopefully it answers your question.
dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa