POST TB PATIENT

A post-TB patient is one who was successfully treated for TB but presents with respiratory symptoms (chest pain,
shortness of breath, cough).

  • Re-do standard TB diagnostic evaluation (sputum geneXpert and Chest X ray)
  • If negative, evaluate for post-TB lung disease e.g. bronchiectasias, COPD, pulmonary hypertension.
  • In most cases these patients have residual lung damage on Chest X-ray from previous TB, BUT they do not need
    retreatment if bacteriologically negative
  • Counsel the patient and give supportive treatment