How To Deal With Glandular TB?

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In the afternoon, I have been treated yesterday for 6 months, the doctor said that I had glandular tuberculosis and treated the lung, but after it was finished, my lump was as big as a pea, but the medicine I bought was very expensive, up to 12 million had been used up, what is the solution, I feel disappointed

1 Answer:

Hi, thanks for asking at

Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria can attack the lungs and other organs, such as the intestines, lining of the brain, lymph nodes and other organs. Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterial infection of the lymph nodes is also called glandular tuberculosis or tuberculous lymphadenitis or scrofula. The lymph nodes most commonly affected are the lymph nodes in the neck. It can also affect the lymph nodes of the armpit and groin.

Risk factors are increased in people with low immunity (eg HIV) and people who are not on pulmonary TB treatment or who are on medication but have not finished it.

Lymph nodes that are infected will be enlarged, feel soft, can be moved from the surrounding tissue and are not painful. The glands that are infected do not feel warm and the skin is not red. This is what differentiates it from other bacterial infections clinically. However, if the infection spreads to the surrounding tissue, namely the skin, the lump will be enlarged, feel hard, difficult to move, the skin is red, painful and can burst until it releases greenish pus.

To establish the diagnosis, the doctor needs to carry out supporting examinations, including blood and sputum tests, lung X-rays and tissue biopsy for anatomical pathology examination.

Treatment is carried out by administering anti-tuberculous drugs for 9-12 months or more, depending on the response to treatment. The drugs given and the phase of treatment they are undergoing are the same as for pulmonary TB, only the length of treatment is different. In glandular TB, the initial phase of treatment is for 2 months and continued with the follow-up phase for 7 months.

It is better, if you consult with a pulmonologist beforehand, so that further examinations can be done. Maybe your doctor needs to do a culture and resistance test, because it could be that the mycobacterium tuberculosis that attacks your gland is resistant to one or more of the anti-tuberculosis drugs you are taking. Or you can consult another pulmonologist to get another opinion about your condition and the best further treatment.

The advice I can give you:

1. Improve ventilation and lighting in the house so that there is no comfortable place for bacteria to breed.

2. Do not scratch the itchy lump.

So, hopefully it's useful.

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