What Do The Results Of The Examination Mean?
Doctor, I want to ask .. my mother was diagnosed with tuberculosis. and have checked the lab. the result of the examination was Rif Sen. what does that mean huh?
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The diagnosis of TB (Tuberculosis) can be confirmed through a variety of examination modalities, including:
Interview and physical examination
Depending on the location and severity, TB can show a variety of symptoms. If TB infects the lungs, the sufferer will generally experience a cough that does not go away, sometimes accompanied by bloody phlegm, low-grade fever, excessive sweating, significant weight loss, chest pain, shortness of breath, enlarged lymph nodes, and so on.
This examination is carried out to detect the presence of microorganisms that cause TB, namely Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is a lay resistant bacteria (BTA).
Patients with pulmonary TB will usually show a characteristic infiltrates with an increase in bronchovascular features. It could also be found signs of fibrosis in old TB cases.
Other tests, such as blood tests, lymph node biopsy, etc., are adjusted according to the symptoms that appear and which organs are infected
In some cases, you can also check for bacterial resistance. This examination is carried out in order to determine the appropriate therapy for TB sufferers. The term Rif sen that you mention indicates that the TB disease your mother is suffering from is not resistant (immune) to Rifampicin treatment.
However, as mentioned above, the results of this examination need to be confirmed by the results of interviews, physical examinations, and other supporting examinations carried out. Therefore, you should consult directly with a doctor or pulmonologist who treats your mother so that she can get the best treatment.
I hope this helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah