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Last Updated on May 28, 2018
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Q: Which doctor should I see if I have pulmonary / lung tuberculosis?

A: You should see a general physician or a respiratory care doctor in case of pulmonary tuberculosis.


Q: What are the complications of tuberculosis?

A: Complications of tuberculosis include-

  • Multi drug resistance
  • Relapse of the disease
  • Pleural effusion
  • Respiratory failure
  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Death

Q: What is drug-resistant tuberculosis?

A: Drug-resistant TB cannot be treated with some of the common drugs used to treat tuberculosis. Drug resistant TB is also contagious. Treatment for drug resistant TB involves taking different tablets and it lasts longer than six months. Incomplete treatment is one leading cause of drug-resistant TB.

Q: What is the TB Burden in India?

A: In spite of the availability of chemotherapy for TB, there are 14 million tuberculosis cases in India and a staggering 500,000 deaths every year due to this disease. Most TB cases occur in the 15-59 year age group (economically the most productive years) and nearly 50% of population in India is infected with TB.

Q: What is the 'Revised National TB Control Program'?

A: Revised National TB Control Program or RNTCP is the government program for TB control in India. The responsibility of curing the patient is in the hands if the health provider and patient is the VIP of the program. Under RNTCP, as soon as a patient is diagnosed based on sputum microscopy a drug box containing the high quality drugs for the entire duration is made available to the patient. The drugs are given to the patients by DOT (Direct Observation of Treatment) either by the health provider or a community volunteer. Myths about TB Facts about TB TB is a hereditary disease TB is a disease that spreads through air TB occurs only in lower socioeconomic group Anyone can get TB irrespective of socioeconomic status Smoking causes TB Smoking aggravates TB TB patients should be hospitalized TB patients can be treated at home and he can continue to work

Q: What is World Tuberculosis Day?

A: Every year March 24th is observed as the 'World TB Day' because TB was discovered by Robert Koch on March 24th 1880. Despite the availability of good chemotherapy and effective treatment regimens TB kills more adults each year than any other infectious disease- more than malaria, diarrhea, AIDS and other tropical diseases put together. Awareness about the symptoms of the disease and removal of the stigma about the disease are crucial factors in TB control.

Myths about TB Facts about TB
TB is a hereditary disease TB is a disease that spreads through air
TB occurs only in lower socioeconomic group Anyone can get TB irrespective of socioeconomic status
Smoking causes TB Smoking aggravates TB
TB patients should be hospitalized TB patients can be treated at home and he can continue to work


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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?


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 sir..my age is 25 years and I am a boy living in India


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.


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?


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

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