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Hi,

My brother undergo X-Ray chest test due to he suffers chest pain for more than a week.Then the finding was PTB.We suggest that he will get another test from another facility as the result for us was unreliable.So he took another X-ray test and the remarks was PTB versus pneumonia.He also took 2 sputum test but the result was PTB negative.My question are

  1. Could  he still susceptible to  PTB even though his sputum test result say his PTB negative?
  2. Why his X-ray says PTB versus Pneumonia?
  3. If he will took apicolordotic x-ray and the remarks is PTB then his positve even though his sputum test result say his PTB negative?
  4. Does it means that sputum tests are unreliable/inaccurate as its purpose is to find out if the person is PTB positive?

Hope to received your feedback the soonest

Thank you very much

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Hi Gilza,

Your brother MOST LIKELY does not have PTB.  The sputum test would have detected the bacteria in the sample.

The x-ray can not tell exactly what is causing the chest pain.  It only provides a picture.  It can indicate infection, scarring, or fluids in the lung.  Scarring can be as a result of an infection, such as a prior case of PTB that was resolved.  Scarring is permanent.

The apicolorditic view is just another x-ray from an angle that better focuses on the tops (apex) of the lungs.

Follow up with his doctor.

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Thank you very much for the prompt response.
We now feel relief.
Will then follow up his doctor.

Thank you!
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