Results Of Sputum Examination In Tuberculosis Patients?
I am a TB patient, 2 months intensively I checked the sputum again the result was “negative” but at the end of the 5th month I checked again the sputum and the result was “Mtb detected very low, Rif resistance not detected” does that mean negative too??? ?
Good morning Ema, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. TB disease or tuberculosis is a disease based on infection with the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis and generally attacks the lungs. Treatment of this condition takes a minimum of 6 months and needs to be checked at certain times to control the improvement of the condition.
In your case, it is true that the checks were carried out in the 2nd month and 5th month, where it should have been negative from the 2nd month, the 5th month did not necessarily become positive. For the results you get at month 5, it is written that the TB bacteria is detected very low, and there is no resistance or immunity to the drug rifampicin. This is important because many TB bacteria are becoming resistant or resistant, and in people who are exposed to resistant TB, longer treatment must be given.
Our advice, keep these results under your control to the doctor who treated you so far, and discuss the results. Because the bacteria detected is very low is not the same as negative, but again depends on each laboratory and your doctor's assessment of your clinical condition and development so far. What is clear, you still have to complete your treatment during this time. I hope you and your family are always healthy.
That's all, hope it helps.
dr. Amadeo D Basfiansa