It is possible to have tuberculosis
(TB) even if the sputum tests are negative. Sputum tests can sometimes give false negative results, especially in the early stages of the disease. Other tests, such as a chest X-ray or a CT scan
, can also help diagnose TB. The presence of symptoms such as persistent cough
, night sweats
, and weight loss
, along with abnormal findings on imaging tests, can also suggest TB.
It is important to follow the advice of your healthcare provider and continue with the recommended treatment for TB, even if the initial sputum tests were negative. TB is a serious infectious disease that requires prompt treatment to prevent the spread of the disease and potential complications. Your wife's elevated SGPT levels could be a side effect of the TB medications, and her healthcare provider may need to adjust the dosage or switch to a different medication if necessary.
It is also important to continue monitoring her symptoms and following up with her healthcare provider regularly to ensure that the treatment is effective and that any side effects or complications are promptly addressed.
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Dr. Priyanka, General & Family Physician