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My child has tuberculosis, will he recover completely?

Q: My son is three years old. He has got tuberculosis infection in the glands. We have already started treating the disease but I have heard that these medicines have some side effects. What are these? Is this disease 100% curable? Will my son be perfectly normal after he is cured? I want to know in detail about what type of disese is this?

A:Firstly tuberculosis is completely curable if the appropriate medicines are taken in optimal doses regularly for the prescribed period of time. All medications have some potential side effects, but most of the children tolerate these anti-tubercular medicines well and most of these are transient. You may leave monitoring for these complications to your pediatrician. Even if these side effects appear, with modification of medicines or their doses they are controllable. If you do this I assure you that your son will be perfectly normal after this. I am deliberately not listing the potential side effects right now.


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