TB X-ray Results But Sputum Examination Results Are Negative, Is It Still Treatment For 6 Months?
Hello wr. wb. I was 24 years old, recently I participated in a demonstration and was exposed to tear gas, and after the next day, when I was in a lying position, I coughed and bled so much blood after that felt shortness of breath … and when checking into the hospital, I was given treatment for 1 week, after that I asked the doctor, whether the disease that I experienced, said the doctor, my results were TB but the results were negative … after that we were allowed to go home on the grounds outpatient while taking medicine for the next 6 months … my question is whether I can take medicine for 6 months for TB. The results, in my opinion, are still uncertain. Please answer, thank you …
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Basically to diagnose a disease (including the diagnosis of tuberculosis / TB), symptoms must be in accordance with tuberculosis infection, appropriate physical examination, and also supported by the results of additional supporting tests. The following are some of the symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis infection:
cough that has lasted 3 weeks or more
out of breath
In non-endemic tuberculosis countries, a person can be diagnosed if there is evidence of tuberculosis bacteria in the body (sputum or culture examination is performed and tuberculosis bacteria is found). However, in endemic tuberculosis countries such as in Indonesia, the presence of clinical symptoms coupled with radiological examinations that are appropriate for tuberculosis infection alone is enough to diagnose tuberculosis. Doctors are advised to give non-OAT antibiotics (anti-tuberculosis drugs) in advance to make sure, if there is no improvement in symptoms by administering non-OAT antibiotics, then the diagnosis of tuberculosis can be established. This condition is called negative smear tuberculosis.
If indeed you are hesitant to consume your OAT, you can try to seek a second opinion by consulting a pulmonary doctor to ascertain whether there is indeed a tuberculosis infection or not. The examination should not be delayed, because if it is true you have a tuberculosis infection, this bacteria will further damage your lungs even at risk of spreading to other organs if not handled properly.
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