How is the response to treatment monitored?

Once the child has been on triple drug treatment for a few weeks the signs and symptoms of TB should gradually improve and the child should start to gain weight. A definite improvement in the chest X-ray may be seen in early infections after a month. However, the X-ray changes may take months to improve in extensive pulmonary TB.

The results of sensitivity tests are usually available by the end of the initial 2 month period of treatment.

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