Lab Results In Patients With Pulmonary Tuberculosis?

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Good morning … I have pulmonary TB and have been on therapy for 6 months. Right on April 8th, my OAT was gone. During this time I underwent therapy accompanied by a midwife. On 3 March I did a lab check and the results were still abnormal, including: Hb 10.4Eritrocyte 4.11Hematocrit 31.9Granulocyte 80% Lymphocyte 16% Sgot 49According to the midwife who accompanied my therapy, my OAT treatment had to be extended for another 1 month . What I want to ask: 1. Can I find out from the lab results that the germ is still in my lungs? 2. Don’t I need a supporting examination like an x-ray? 3. Do I have to follow the midwife’s advice to continue OAT therapy for another month or do I have to seek a second opinion to see a doctor? Such questions from me, please answer. Thank you.

1 Answer:

Hello Surkiani.

Pulmonary TB is a disease that is caused due to an infection from mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB is transmitted through respiratory air or sputum splashes. Treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis requires a long time, at least 6 months. TB treatment time can be extended if there are still bacteria in sputum.

From your situation, blood tests such as HB levels, erythrocytes, granulocytes, lymphocytes and SGOT cannot be used as a benchmark to determine whether TB therapy is extended or not. To determine whether additional time is needed for TB therapy, it is necessary to examine such as sputum examination, x-rays, and direct physical examination by a doctor. So if only based on the results of blood tests that you mention can not determine whether tuberculosis still exists or not.

It is recommended that you go directly to the doctor, or you can go to a specialist in internal medicine, so that the doctor can examine your condition further, and provide appropriate therapeutic directions.

The following article you can read about TBC

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