Had a followup x-ray about six weeks ago. Doctor wanted me to take antibiotics and come back for another x-ray, which I did not. The x-ray at that time showed the original pnuemonia "almost resolved". No other tests, except CBC/Chem 20 (slightly low RBC count).
Dr.: If the followup x-ray is clear, and no TB or anything else they can find, would it make sense to take antibiotics? I really don't want to unless there is some scientific or anecdotal evidence in your experience that antibiotics without an obvious infection would be useful?
I don't have fever or coughing, so could TB really be a possibility?
If there is no evidence of infection doctor will not prescribe antibiotics.
Although tuberculosis is not common now a days but it can be present with very few symptoms.
Occasionally it can be detected by routine X ray taken for other purpose.
Dr: A few more questions (-:
So a chest x-ray for both pneumonia and TB, or the stick test for TB?
>> Complications like lung abscess, fibrosis, pleurisy can occur.
Would I have other symptoms besides what I described for any of these?
A chronic infection should show up with increased white cell count in the CBC? I did not have that six weeks ago either (that's the time of the last chest x-ray).
I took one leviquin the day of the diagnosis. That's it.
Had the CBC on 3/25/13 and 5/24/13.