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Yes. Active TB can cause all those symptoms.
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will the scan of my cervical spine and scan of my lungs reveal tb or do i need a specific test for tb
will the scans show tb or do i need a specific tb test?
You can have a skin test to see if you have been exposed to TB. This is called a PPD. Also, chest xrays and/or chest CT scan can be helpful.
Also your sputum can be examined under the microscope for TB bacteria or saline washes can be done (not a fun procedure!) and the sampled cultured and looked for TB with the microscope.
Culturing TB bacteria requires very special conditions, takes a long time (sometime months) and is very difficult to do.
Consulting with an infectious disease specialist would be a good idea if you are concerned about TB infection. This would also have to be reported to the health department in may States.
can anything be done to slow down the progression of emphasema and fibrosis, i know there is no cure but i quit smoking as soon as i was told?
The are also rapid blood tests, called IGRAs, that can help to detect a latent TB infection if other tests are uncertain.
This is a totally different beast then TB.......
But, yes, there are treatments that can slow, but not cure, emphysema.....
Stopping smoking, which you have already done, is the first step. Then drugs, such as inhaled steroids, antibiotic (for secondary infections) and bronchodilators can help
what about pulmanary fibrosis? what ate the treatments for this monster?
Supplemental Oxygen and pulmonary rehab can improve symptoms but, in some cases, surgery is needed to decrease the over expanded lung volume and allow the less damaged lung to work better.
In some cases a total lung transplant can be done.
Whew! Three questions in one ;)
Steroids are usually used first in this disease although many times stronger (anti cancer drugs) such as cyclosporin or methotrexate are needed.
Oxygen is also used for this condition as is pulmonary rehab and, finally, lung transplant.
Pulmonary fibrosis is a tough beast to treat :(
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