What is Intestinal Tuberculosis?

Although tuberculosis is most common in the lungs, it can affect any part of the body, including the heart, brain, kidney and intestines. It is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis and is spread through contaminated air. When this condition occurs in the intestines, you may experience intense pain in the stomach, diarrhea and bleeding in the intestines.

If the Doctor suspects that you may be affected by intestinal tuberculosis, an X-ray, a CT scan or a blood test are carried out to confirm a diagnosis. Once it is confirmed, the doctor will create a treatment plan to cure this condition.

The Doctor will prescribe antibiotics. The bacteria that causes tuberculosis takes a long time to grow, which means you'll have to take an antibiotic for several months. Treatment is usually administered until all symptoms are totally gone. If a person stops taking antibiotics too soon, the condition may return. Also, your doctor may elect to give you two different antibiotics, which may be more effective.

Some antibiotics used to treat intestinal tuberculosis can have very serious side effects, such as liver damage. Report any side effects to your doctor immediately.

Contact your doctor if symptoms persist. If you continue to have symptoms after the antibiotics have run their course, make sure to contact your doctor right away. In severe cases, this condition can cause obstruction in the intestines or internal bleeding which may require surgical intervention.


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