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Infographics on Tuberculosis

Infographics on Tuberculosis
With the number of hard-to-treat strains of the lung disease doubling in recent years, the World Health Organisation on Wednesday urged donors to root out multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

In a progress report to mark World TB Day on Thursday, the WHO and partner agencies estimated that the number of new cases of MDR-TB would reach two million between 2011 and 2015 if it is left unchecked.

"MDR-TB is a threat to all countries as it is difficult and expensive to treat," said Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

"Unless we make an extraordinary effort to tackle this problem our ability to finance and secure continued progress against tuberculosis in general will be threatened," he added in a statement.

The WHO estimated that $900 million would be needed over the next four years to reach the target of treating one million people with such strains. Some 50,000 people are currently receiving treatment.

In 2009, 9.4 million people became ill with all types of tuberculosis and 1.7 million died of the disease, according to the WHO.

An estimated 440,000 cases of MDR-TB occurred in 2008, the last year for which data was available, including 150,000 deaths.

"Despite all the progress that has been made, the response is far from sufficient," warned Mario Raviglione, head of the UN health agency's Stop TB campaign.

MDR-TB fails to respond to standard anti-tuberculosis drugs, making it much more complex and costly to treat and increasing the threat that it will spread much more widely especially in poorer environments where it thrives.

Rifat Atun of the Global Fund said the number of resistant strains "has doubled in recent years" and were continuing to progress.


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Hello sir,

I am 28 years old,

I had cough and chest pain, i consulted the doctor and he said there some fluid in my chest and removed fluid by endoscopy treatment, but they found TB bacteria in biopsy result, I started the TB treatment that akurit4 tablets for 2 months and akurit3 for 4 months, and I was feeling better.

After completed 6 months treatment I found enlarged lymb node [left side of the neck].

Doctor suggest me to remove the lymb nodes and continue akrut3 tablets

I could not continue day by day treatment with tb tablet, I had missed 4 or 5 days TB tablet in initial months of completed six months treatment - Is that big problem?
Now I am really afraid of this. I have few more doubts that i have listed below, I hope you will help me

1) Why lymb node enlarged after 6 month completed treatment?

2) How do i check if there a TB bacteria in my body? or how do i check TB bacteria increasing or decreasing in my body?

3) DB patients have any problem in future? Will TB come back in future?

4) What are the side effects of long duration TB treatment with TB tablets?

AkshayKS Monday, September 5, 2016
dear sir,I was going through spinal TB treatment for about 10-11 months..and Istop taking medicines after this time period.. and now I am feeling symptoms again such as weakness,loss of weight but no cough..on my upper portion of my back its something like nailing inside..I am really afraid to consult doctor again because doctor told me that their is no ways to treat TB if you stopped taking medicine without my consult..I stopped my medicine in starting of January 2015..please help me age is 25 years and I am a boy living in India
Atul22 Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Sir, I am female aged 40 years, Indian national staying in UAE for last 10 years. Every 3 years for getting a residense visa I need to undergo medical tests to check for any infectious disease. So many years I have done tests, never faced any problem. Unfortunately very recently when I had to undergo X-ray they found some spot in my chest and suspected for TB. As instructed by health authorities I had to undergo skin test, IGRA blood test and Sputum test. Skin test and IGRA blood test has come negative. Moreover sputum test is also negative. Only test left is sputum culture test result which they said will take 42 days. I had submitted my sputum last month. I had checked yesterday for any developments with the authorities as they said you could check after 15 days post sputum submital. The result was still not available and they told to wait till end of this month for final result as 42 days will be completed. In last 6 months or may be more I never had any TB symptoms such as headache, fever, fatigue, weight loss, cough etc. I am very much worried about the final outcome which will decide whether I could continue staying in UAE or not. Can you please advice what are the chances of the test outcome. Is it possible that I am infected. Your reply will help to release my anxiety and educate other friends in such incidents.
Man100 Thursday, July 24, 2014
Hi, My mother is 72yrs old.She has been having low grade fever past 2 months. Her sking TB test and TB gold blood test are positive. She suffers from weak stomach. she doesn't have any cough, has had slight weight loss, has pain in her shoulders ans base of spine. Please let me know what kind of TB is she suffering from and would she be able to sustain such strong TB medication? What can I do to help her?
Shuby Friday, August 16, 2013
My daughter aged 10years had chine of Lymphnodes enlarged rht sid of the neck and NFAC done report says single TB bacteria cell found. Then doctor started ATT, after 10days she got high fever @103 and full total rashes. Admited in hospita. The doctor says its measles.. now the treatment for ATT stoppped and LFT reports 2 levels increased. Now i am not understanding weather that correctly dignosed TB or not . And if TB confirm how to manage the LFT levels under medication.. Presently taking RCINIC KID AND PYZINA KID tabs supporting Bcomplex. Experts kindly suggest
ANGRYBIRD Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Does TB leaves a scar on the X-ray after sucking mucus from the left side of the chest ?Which disease is that which leaves such a scar?
Divyasurya Friday, January 11, 2013
Does treatment make you tired all the time and your arms and legs sore and cold. I dont feel like eating at all. What supplements can I take or shakes that I can take when taking treatment.And can you be pregnant when taking this medication and is there any risks with the baby.
Zinhle Friday, January 11, 2013
Hey all, its been 1 week now after i completed 6 months of treatment[for enlarged lymb nodes]. Feel normal so far. For all those starters who are taking tb treatment there might be difficulty when taking the drugs at initial stage. However once the body gets used to anti biotics, it just gets normal. Initially first month your body will be put to the test since you might have fever, nausea, headaches etc. This is a good sign since it shows that the anti-biotics is working. Best sign is that there will be fever initially and then it one day (after three weeks of treatment) , just disappears. But please do take care to take the medications at the right time and try to never miss any dose. two liver enzymes will show elevated levels, which is normal. Not a panic situation. However if you have nausea which is abnormal, then please check Liver test function. Tb drugs are all designed to SEARCH AND DESTROY the tb germs. And please dont forget to google everything that you see abnormal. Best of luck !!!
BIG_BOSS Sunday, August 12, 2012
Hi .... can you please tell me as to how did you get your TB of Lymph Node diagnosed .... I have 2 small lymph nodes enlarged on the right side of my neck. I did a FNAC and the report was negative for Granulomas or malignancy. Hence TB or Cancer is ruled out. The Lymph nodes are still there [~1-1.5 cm]and there is a slight pain and discomfort in my neck. I dont want to start TB medicines without proper diagnosis and a concluded TB. Can you please guide me as to how was your diagnosis done? Anyone else also, please guide me with your experiences.
malasar Friday, December 21, 2012
hi..i also have 3 lymphnodes on my ryt neck and 2 others ryt above my right chest swolen..i,ve been diagnosed and found to have doctor advised me to take anti tb drugs which is the quadtab[refampicin,isoniazid,ethambutol,pyrazinamide] for 2months and 4mos of tritab (refampicin,isoniazid,ethambutol)..and yes for the first month i have a lot of abnormal feeling with my body,always dizzy,low apetite,weakness and its my 3rd month taking these medicines and i can see and feel that my lymphnodes reduce its size but it stop to get smaller since my 2nd month of treatment,will it be gone if i finished my 6month treatment?
rayven Sunday, February 24, 2013
I am diagnosed with Cervical Lymphnode TB too. I got chest X-RAY, Ultrasound and FNAC done. X RAY was normal, Ulrasound showed multiple cervical level-2 lymph nodes; biggest having diameter around 3 cm. FNAC test had signs of TB. Doc started the treatment with AKURIT-4 for 2 months then AKURIT-3. Initially for 2 months I had multiple problems; as in dizziness, tiredness, head ache,stomach pain, heart burns,heavy eyes, sleepless nights, 3-4 times chills,vomiting sensation, burning sensation in hands etc. Then after starting AKURIT-3 I had severe body pain for 2 days, now things are better; just my eyes remains heavy and have to give them rest every now and then. Also, other side effects like head ache are there but dont bother much as I am psychological ready for them and have a positive attitude. Its been 3 months now; feeling better. Nodes decreased considerably in size for first month but now from last two months its size is more or less same.I will go to doc in a week's time.
VandyB Wednesday, August 14, 2013
These diseases are really hazardous in terms of personal health & family life. Can stem cell treatments help in curing these diseases. I am very inquisitive!
Advancells Wednesday, August 14, 2013
i was found with tb of lymphynodes and i was put on a drug called Rifampicin and vitamin b6 and biggest problem now is i cant eat nausea,weak,headaches,fever.what should i do?
carolmwansa Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Which Doctor do i need to consult to get treatment for Tuberculosis in Hyderabad. Do i need to consult Physician or any specialist doctor or MD.
ammmu Monday, June 11, 2012
Yes, you need to consult physician. Hope you have done that already.
nondoc Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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