The Lump Is Still Visible After 5 Months Of Glandular TB Therapy?
Good morning doctor, my son is now 5 years old and is taking TB medicine, it’s been the 6th month and I can see that the lump is still there. What is the doctor’s relationship between TB disease and lumps and does the lump have to be operated on?
TB or tuberculosis is a disease caused by infection with the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis where this bacterium can infect many systems in the body, although the most common is the lungs. TB can also infect a person's lymph nodes, which is known as TB lymphadenitis. However, even if it does not infect the lymph nodes, the lymph nodes can still swell with tuberculosis infection in other locations. TB bacteria are strong enough that it takes at least 6 months for treatment. This applies to all types of TB, including lymph node TB.
TB treatment is usually assessed from sputum examination if previously infected with pulmonary TB. However, the lymph node may require procedures such as a biopsy to see further whether the condition of the swollen lymph node is caused by TB or there are other causes behind it. Therefore, we recommend that you first consult a doctor directly for swollen lymph nodes to see if further action such as surgery is needed or not. Here we attach an article about lymphatic TB. Hope it is useful.
dr. N. K. Arief