LED Test To Determine TB Disease?

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You see, I have been living in a house for 1 year with my friend and recently my friend who rented it I told me that he was known for pulmonary tuberculosis. Lately I also caught a cold and coughed maybe a week has not been healed. Finally I decided today for the LED test and from the test results stated that everything is normal except eosinophils 0 (low), rod 1 (low), monocytes 10 (high), MCV 79 (low), MCH 26 (low). So that is a sign whether I have TB disease too? Or is there another disease disorder? Thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Messy,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Tuberculosis (TB) can be transmitted from sufferers to other people with close contact, namely through droplets of saliva that are inhaled into the respiratory tract, for example when a person sneezes, coughs, or salivates. The potential for transmission is very high if the patient has not received treatment at all, or has received treatment for less than 2 months. Therefore, if you live close to someone with TB, you really need to be aware of the risk of transmission.


Symptoms of TB in adults can vary depending on which organ system is infected. If TB infects the lungs (which is the most frequent), then generally the patient will experience a cough that does not go away, prolonged mild fever, increased sweat production, weakness, weight loss without a clear trigger, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and so on. These symptoms are often difficult to distinguish from several other diseases, including acute respiratory infections, such as the common cold, bronchitis, and so on.


Therefore, to make a diagnosis of TB, a comprehensive examination is needed, starting from sputum tests, X-rays, and so on. A blood test, which is to determine the sedimentation rate (ESR) is actually not a routine examination used to diagnose TB. The elevated monocyte result on your ESR does not necessarily indicate that you have TB. Monocytes can increase if you have chronic inflammation, not only because of TB infection, but also because of colitis, viral or bacterial infections, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, leukemia, and so on.


For this reason, the results of this LED examination should be interpreted directly by the examining doctor, so that they can be confirmed by clinical symptoms that appear and the results of other tests performed. That way, if it is true that you have TB, then treatment can be done earlier, so that the potential for cure will be greater.


Hope this helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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