Regarding The Success Of TB Treatment After 6 Months?
Hi, I am Dedik, 21 years old, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis in early January 2018, and I have been taking TB medication for 6 months, the results of the sputum check were negative, but the X-ray said the doctor still had a small part of the closed in the lower lungs, how come the treatment was in Continue again, it’s been 7 months of taking the medicine, for example, I stopped taking the medicine, how about it?
Hello Dedik, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com
Monitoring the success of tuberculosis treatment can be done by examining the sputum smear and chest X-rays. The criteria for recovery in tuberculosis patients are as follows:
BTA negative on 2 tests (at the end of the intensive phase and the end of treatment)
Chest X-rays remain the same or improve
Culture of negative tuberculosis bacteria (if culture facilities are available)
In your case it needs to be seen first, whether your chest X-ray shows any improvement from the previous X-rays, remains the same, or is getting worse. If indeed these results indicate worsening, then it is quite rational for your doctor to want to continue treatment for more than 6 months.
If you are not sure about these results, you can clearly ask the doctor who treated you. You can also seek a second opinion from other doctors or check with a Lung Doctor for further examination and evaluation of treatment.
For now you should not stop your medication without your doctor's knowledge.
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