News  |  Journals  |  Conferences  |  Blogs  |  Articles  |  Forums  |  Twitter   
 

 Headlines:

 
 

Doctors Lounge - Chest Answers

"The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician."

Back to Chest Answers List

Forum Name: Miscellaneous Chest Diseases

Question: 4 YR Old exposed to active TB


 hehealedme - Wed May 02, 2007 7:46 pm

My 4 yr old was recently exposed to active TB. My brother seems to have contracted TB on his last trip to India in Janurary. My 4yr old son just had a chest xray and the radiologist said he'd found "central peribroncheal thickening without focal consolodation". Could you explain what this means? I do understand that no mass was found, but I'm still concerened. The Health department is suggesting that we put him on medication. He is not showing any symptoms. Do you think medication would be premature?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu May 03, 2007 2:29 am

User avatar Treatment for TB generally falls into two categories: treatment for active disease which is generally 3 to 4 drugs for 6 months and latent disease (no active disease but conversion to positive in the skin test) which is generally treated for 9 months with a single drug.

In your child's case, if the skin test is positive he should most definitely be treated. If it is negative, given his age it is likely that most physicians would recommend treating him at least until the skin test is repeated in about 3 months. Some would recommend treating for the full 9 months due to a small chance that his immune system may not be developed enough yet to give a positive skin test.

Follow up with the health department is crucial in cases that involve TB.

Best wishes.

|

Check a doctor's response to similar questions

 

advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)
 

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

 
     

 advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)

 

 

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us

 
Copyright © 2001-2010
Doctors Lounge.
All rights reserved.

Medical Reference:
Diseases | Symptoms
Drugs | Labs | Procedures
Software | Tutorials

Advertising
Links | Humor
Forum Archive
CME Articles

Privacy Statement
Terms & Conditions
Editorial Board
About us | Email

We subscribe to the HONcode principles of the HON Foundation. Click to verify.We subscribe to the HONcode principles.
Verify here