Sputum Checks Should Be Returned When X-ray And Positive Blood Results Of TB?

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Morning, I often cough more than 1 month. When checked it turned out that X-ray results and positive blood tb, remained sputum negative. Well, the doctor suggested to be sputum test again at the health center. But after the sputum results were given to the puskesmas the results had not yet appeared. Approximately one month the results have not yet appeared. Then the parents took the initiative to use herbal medicines for me. Well, what should I do whether to continue with herbal medicine or return to the health center to check the phlegm again or what?

1 Answer:

Hello Inahrafm, Thank you for the question.


To diagnose someone having tuberculosis (TB) or no further examination is needed by a doctor which includes an interview, physical examination, and investigations. Supporting examinations recommended by doctors can be sputum examination, blood tests, X-rays, and Mantoux tests. Sputum examination is indeed still a lot of checks carried out in health facilities in Indonesia because this examination is easy to do. However, the results of this examination cannot be interpreted without the results of other examinations including interviews and physical examinations by doctors. If the result of sputum examination shows a negative result but the results of other tests (blood tests and x-rays) support for the diagnosis of TB, then the doctor can make a diagnosis of TB because in some cases negative phlegm examination results can be found.


The best step you can take is to consult a pulmonary specialist at the nearest hospital. You can bring the results of the previous inspection. The doctor will again ask about your complaint, examine you, and assess the results of these investigations. If necessary, the doctor will recommend a sputum examination. If it is confirmed that you have TB, you will be treated with antituberculosis drugs (OAT) for at least 6 months. There are no studies that show that herbal medicines can treat TB. If you want to take herbal medicine, this drug should be an additional drug rather than the main drug and you should still consult a doctor first.


Hopefully this information helps you.

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