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Has Anybody Else Had Cutaneous Tuberculosis?


For over 5 years I've had TB of the skin but was mis-diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Only now have I been told I have been suffering from cutaneous TB!!

I know it's really, really rare so I just wanted to know if anyone else out there on the net has suffered from it or do you know anyone who has suffered from it?
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yes i have treated some cases and the treatment is simple 4 drug combination for 2 months followed by 4 months of 3 drugs to be taken dailly empty stomach with almost 100% cure rates.  (+ info)

Can an injury to the posterior femoral cutaneous nerve due to surgery heal?


I recently had piriformis and sciatic nerve surgery. My surgeon seems to have either injured or severed the posterior femoral cutaneous nerve during the procedure. The back of my thigh has been numb with a burning feeling inside the leg since the surgery over two months ago. What are the chances that this will heal?
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It's if severed I don't believe so,,,but then again,,they have been doing hand transplants  (+ info)

Tuberculosis screening for volunteer work at a hospital?


I'm going to volunteer at a hospital and tomorrow I'm going because they need a blood test for tuberculosis screening. What's the point of that? Don't you kind of know when you have tuberculosis...?
And do they just test for tuberculosis or do they use the blood for other diseases/drug test?
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You can be a carrier of TB and never have had symptoms. All hospital personnel have to get TB tests to be sure you're not going to pass it on to patients. It's really no big deal. The nurse will inject a small amount of liquid just barely under your skin so that it creates a little bubble, then you go back in 48 hours to have them look at it. If it turns red and has bumps then you likely have been exposed, which is not what you want. If there isn't any reaction, then you're good to go. They don't actually take blood from you so no, they can't test for drugs or other diseases. Hope that helps!  (+ info)

What are some diseases similar to tuberculosis and could be mistaken as Tuberculosis?


So I am researching tuberculosis, and I have to answer the question:

If it isn't your exact disease, what else could it be?

So essentially I have to find diseases with the same signs and symptoms, ones that may act in the same way or cause your body to look the same way as tuberculosis.

I then have to talk about how they are similar and why. Any help would be great. Thanks.
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So other mycobacterium would look the same on stains:
Mycobacterium bovis
Mycobacterium kansasii
and other mycobacteria

Other bacteria can cause similar lung disease (but look different on stain and culture):
Nocardia
Rhodococcus equii
and other bacteria
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Is there a non-over the counter drug to cure cutaneous candidiasis?


I have a stubborn case of cutaneous candidiasis (yeast infection), I have been to the dermatologist for it many times have have tried many things. Verdeso was the only thing that worked but it came back after my sample was done. Then he put me on something else that doesn't work at all. I was wondering if there is anything that you could buy non over the counter that anyone has found to treat this. Thank you.
DTD, you are correct... it is a skin infection.
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Not yet, there is a couple working their way through the red tape though.  (+ info)

How much does tuberculosis treatment cost in the Philippines?


I am helping a family out in the Philippines. Their 20 year old son has tuberculosis. A small spot in the lung.

They have told me it costs about USD 1,200 per month to treat it. For about 9 months. How much does TBC treatment really cost?

He contracted the disease working in a laboratory.
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in a community health center, its for free!!!! seriously. there's this project called Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) by the WHO and DOH where they treat TB patients for free. just go the nearest community health center and inquire. they will tell you the steps to do. even the homeless could avail this treatment.

http://www.doh.gov.ph/node/1458
http://www.doh.gov.ph/faq/show/477
http://www.doh.gov.ph/programs/tb

but the down side is that he should go to the facility everyday to take his pills. usually, in a private hospital, you get to take your pills at home but you'll end up paying more. i'm not sure if they could make some arrangement that could make him go to the facility in less frequency.  (+ info)

What happens when you get a tuberculosis shot while having a cold?


The other day my mom got a tuberculosis shot, but she had a cold. Now the spot where they gave her the shot is red and bumpy. She wanted to know if that's normal or if that's something that's not suppose to happen?
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How do you get tested for tuberculosis and hepititous?


I'm going to the docotor's and I need to be checked for tuberculosis and hepititous b or something like that? (sorry about the spelling) Is it a shot or do they need to draw blood?
p.s.
Whats s sputum test?
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For tuberculosis, you will get a PPD (purified protein derivative) shot. The solution is injected just under your skin, so it'll look like a small raise on your skin. You will have to have the result within 72 hours. Positive reaction means that you've been exposed to TB, and you need further testing (i.e., x-ray and sputum test).

For Hepatitis B, you need to provide a blood sample.

Answer to follow on question:
Sputum test will show if you have the TB bacteria called "tubercle bacilli" growing in your lungs. Treatment for TB is fairly easy -- all you need is compliance to the medication regimen.  (+ info)

What component of Mycobacterium tuberculosis prevents the phagosome-lysozome complex from fusing?


How do Trehalose dimycolate and mycolic acid contribute to the pathogenecity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis?
What is the difference between a granuloma, lesion, and tubercle? Can't they be used interchangeably?
Is it the phospholipids of M. tuberculosis that cause caseation?
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Show one treat a latent tuberculosis during the pregnancy?


I made a PPD test and it gave a positive result. But I have no symptoms and feel myself well. So, I probably have a latent tuberculosis. I am on the eighth week of pregnancy. Should I treat this latent tuberculosis or it is better to do that after the delivery?
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