2 questions replys needed

auntie_biotic auntie_biotic at tbandu.co.uk
Sun Nov 10 07:50:19 EST 2002


To jedilworth,
Thanks for replying.  As to the negative cultures I was told they were
positive and was on frontline tb tabs plus cipro and clarithromycin.  I was
always complaining about side effects.  I was told it was the disease.  I
was then told part of my lung needed to be removed.  I was then told the
whole lung needed to be removed.  I was then told the disease had spread to
both lungs making it inoperable.  I went to see another specialist who told
be to stop medication and not to go forward with surgery.  That's why I
needed to clarify the first sputum.
----- Original Message -----
From: "JEDilworth" <bactitech at nospamhortonsbay.com>
Newsgroups: bionet.microbiology
Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2002 5:34 AM
Subject: Re: 2 questions replys needed


> Auntie - I think we discussed this before. It is spelled MYCOBACTERIA
> not Microbacteria. This is important if you want to look up anything
> about the organism.
>
> A common environmental saprophyte is found in the environment - it means
> that it probably is not causing an infection and may be a contaminant of
> the culture.
>
> If your smears were positive for acid fast bacteria, a doctor is going
> to begin treatment even before he knows which mycobacterium he is
> treating. M. tuberculosis and M. chelonei can look the same on a
> microscope slide, and the organisms can take weeks to grow. They're not
> going to take the chance of you spreading TB around while they're
> waiting for a culture to grow.
>
> As far as treatment with negative cultures, what do your physicians say?
> Without knowing the sequence of events, it's hard to comment on your
> report or question.
>
> Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)
> Microbiology
>
> auntie_biotic wrote:
> >
> > I would like an answer to two questions:
> >
> > 1.  Microbacteria Chelonei in sputum was labelled by lab "Common
> > Environmental Saphroyte"  could some explain in layman's terms what that
> > means?
> >
> > 2.  What is ok then for Drs to begin treatment for tuberculosis even
though
> > three further sputum's were negative?
> >
> > Thanks in advance
> >
> > auntie_biotic
> > http://www.tbandu.co.uk

"JEDilworth" <bactitech at nospamhortonsbay.com> wrote in message
news:3DCDEFE7.867B7D6C at nospamhortonsbay.com...
> Auntie - I think we discussed this before. It is spelled MYCOBACTERIA
> not Microbacteria. This is important if you want to look up anything
> about the organism.
>
> A common environmental saprophyte is found in the environment - it means
> that it probably is not causing an infection and may be a contaminant of
> the culture.
>
> If your smears were positive for acid fast bacteria, a doctor is going
> to begin treatment even before he knows which mycobacterium he is
> treating. M. tuberculosis and M. chelonei can look the same on a
> microscope slide, and the organisms can take weeks to grow. They're not
> going to take the chance of you spreading TB around while they're
> waiting for a culture to grow.
>
> As far as treatment with negative cultures, what do your physicians say?
> Without knowing the sequence of events, it's hard to comment on your
> report or question.
>
> Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)
> Microbiology
>
> auntie_biotic wrote:
> >
> > I would like an answer to two questions:
> >
> > 1.  Microbacteria Chelonei in sputum was labelled by lab "Common
> > Environmental Saphroyte"  could some explain in layman's terms what that
> > means?
> >
> > 2.  What is ok then for Drs to begin treatment for tuberculosis even
though
> > three further sputum's were negative?
> >
> > Thanks in advance
> >
> > auntie_biotic
> > http://www.tbandu.co.uk





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