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seen on sputum examination even in persons with active lung TB. 2. Chest x-rays This may be helpful in cases when the Acid-Fast Bacilli are not seen on sputum examination. However, chest x-rays with findings suggestive of TB are not definitive proof that the disease is really TB. There are other diseases that may mimic the appearance of TB on chest x-rays. It also frequently difficult to judge if the lung disease is active or not by chest x-ray. 3. TB culture of sputum or other specimen This is done by growing the TB bacteria in the laboratory but this is expensive and may require up to 8 weeks for final results. 10. What is the treatment for TB disease?
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Persons with TB can be cured through regular and complete intake of the prescribed anti TB medications . Because patients frequently stop taking their medications before completing treatment, the Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course (DOTS) strategy is recommended. The strategy requires that the health providers use sputum microscopy (AFB smears) for diagnosis. Your doctor should use standard treatment regimens. Make sure your health is closely observed by your physician. Isoniazid (INH), rifampicin and pyrazinamide Given to new cases of TB for the first two months. INH and rifmapicin are continued for another four months. In the Philippines, it is prudent to treat new cases with a fourth drug (ethambutol or streptomycin) during the first two months due to the high levels of INH resistance in the country. 11. What is the best way to prevent the spread of tuberculosis? The best way to prevent the spread of tuberculosis is to treat and care all patients with active pulmonary tuberculosis. The vaccination for TB known as BCG may prevent children from developing the most severe forms of TB. 12. What should you do if someone you have spent a lot of time with is diagnosed to have active pulmonary TB? See you doctor and ask him to determine if you have developed TB infection.
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