The Duration Of Tuberculosis Treatment?

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I was infected with tuberculosis and had been undergoing treatment for 2 months, and was told to check phlegm again What I want to ask, is it possible that the results will be negative while the treatment has only been running for 2 months

1 Answer:

Hello Prayoga, Thank you for the question.

Tuberculosis (TB / TB) is a bacterial infection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the body that can occur in the lungs (pulmonary TB) or outside the lungs (extra-pulmonary TB). Pulmonary TB is a more common case than extra pulmonary TB because of its transmission which is easier to occur. This infection can be contagious if someone inhales a splash of cough or sneeze from the sufferer. Patients can have symptoms of coughing up phlegm for 3 weeks or more, coughing up blood, chest pain, shortness of breath, fever, excessive sweating at night, weight loss. To diagnose pulmonary TB, doctors can use several methods, namely by blood tests, sputum examinations, x-rays, or Mantoux tests. Patients who are proven to have TB will be treated with anti-tuberculosis (OAT) drugs for a period of 6-9 months depending on the patient's condition. OAT consists of a combination of several antibiotics namely isoniazid, rifampicin, pyrazinamide, ethambutol, and streptomycin. Treatment in new cases consists of 2 months intensive phase and 4 months advanced phase. In each phase different combinations of drugs will be used. Patients will usually be recommended to re-examine in the second and last month of treatment. If at the beginning of the sputum examination you tested positive for TB bacteria, then sputum examination will be done again in those months. Sputum examination can be negative at the end of the second month (intensive phase) of treatment and this indicates that the treatment you have received is adequate and the bacteria can still be treated with the OAT you receive. However, even if the phlegm examination results become negative, you are still encouraged to continue treatment until it is complete to ensure you recover.

Please continue your OAT consumption recommended by your doctor and check yourself according to the schedule recommended by your doctor. Avoid expelling phlegm and make sure you always cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Hopefully this information is useful.

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