Tuberculosis Treatment In Children?

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Hello doctor z mw asking .. zy’s son has taken a chest photo and the result is that he has specific bronchiolitis .. what I am confused about is why did the doctor give my child medicine for tuberculosis? What medicine should I give? How is it handled? And is specific bronchiolitis the same as TB? Because my child has never had a fever and cough … please doctor’s explanation

1 Answer:

Hi Eka, Thank you for asking at

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection in the body caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. These bacteria can cause infection in the lungs (pulmonary TB) or infection outside the lungs (extrapulmonary TB). Pulmonary tuberculosis is an infection that occurs more frequently because airborne transmission occurs more easily than transmission in extrapulmonary tuberculosis. Making the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in children is more difficult than in adults because the symptoms that occur in children are not always as typical as those in adults. Therefore the diagnosis of TB in children usually uses a guide / TB scoring system which consists of several points. The doctor will usually ask your child's complaints, examine your child, and perform supporting examinations such as a Mantoux examination or X-rays. From these data, it will be assessed which one has the score on the TB diagnosis guide for children and how much weight this scoring is then all the scores will be added up. The diagnosis of TB will be made if it meets a certain score.

X-rays are one of the supporting examinations that help doctors find a diagnosis of a disease experienced by a sufferer. The results of X-ray photo readings cannot be interpreted raw because radiology specialists only assess X-rays and do not know the history of patient complaints and do not examine the patient. Therefore, in general, the results of supporting examinations (including the results of X-rays reading) should be re-evaluated by a doctor who already knows the patient's complaint and examines the patient to establish a correct disease diagnosis.

If you doubt the doctor's diagnosis, you can consult another doctor for a second opinion. The next treatment depends on the health condition that underlies your child's complaint. If it is proven tuberculosis, your child will be given anti-tuberculosis drugs (OAT).

Don't forget to keep your child's nutritional intake to help healing. Also make sure your child's body fluid needs are met.

Hope this information is helpful.

Dr. Aloisia

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