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Hi All,<br/><br/>I am Dr. Rakesh Chawla, pulmonologist. Today I will talk about a very common dis...

Hi All,

I am Dr. Rakesh Chawla, pulmonologist. Today I will talk about a very common disease. It is interstitial lung disease. It has got 150 varieties of the disease. IPF is very common. Lung me jala aana shuru ho jata hai. Ye dheere dheere lungs ko khane lgta hai. Lekin kuch bimariyon me jaale ki progression ko kam kia ja skta hai. Kuch bimariyon me jala puri trha se thik bhi ho skta hai. Isko fibrosis bola jata hai. Lungs me scarring ho jati hai.

Lungs pure khul nhi pate and oxygen puri Nhi mil pati hai. Patient ko saans fulne ki problem ho jati hai. Diagnosis is problem ka bhut important hai. Ye bimari smokers ko ho jati hai. Smoke krne se lung cancer, COPD, tuberculosis. Aise hi IPS bhi iski vjha se hota hai. Jo log cement or chemical industry me kaam krte hain unhe bhi ye problem ho skta hai quki vo lambe samay tak inhale krte rehte hain. ILD and IPF ki kya presentation hai. Patient ko breathlessness ka problem ho jata hai normal activities me. Frequent attacks of the lung infection, chest infection, wheezing hona, ye sab symptoms aane shuru ho jate hain. Advance stage me ungliyon ka neela hona oxygen ki kami darshata hai.

Poor appetite, weight loss, cough these symptoms remain same. Is problem me lungs pe kya effect aata hai. Lungs me scarring ho jati hai. Lungs ke septum me scarring ho jati hai jhan se carbon dioxide release hota hai. Pulmonary function test, lung function test, spirometry tremendously reduce ho jata hai. Lung function kafi decrease ho jata hai. CT scan ki ek variety HRCT kia jata hai or us se check kia jata hai ki patient ko ILD ka kitna extend hai.

Ye type bhi bta deta hai ILDL ka. Lung biopsy se isko diagnose kia ja skta hai. Ye ek safe procedure hai and hum open lung biopsy bhi krte hain which has got lot of morbidity. Isko treatment kaise dia jata hai. IPF ke lia kewal 2 medicines hi hain jo fibrosis ki progression ko reduce krti hain but khtm nhi kar skti. Jaise hi breathlessness shuru ho aap pulmonologist ko dikhao. IPF can be treated at the initial stage. And non-IPF is also treatable. Is se related jo infections hain, unke lia vaccines are available. Pneumonia, influenza ka vaccine available hai. Pulmonary function test har 6 mahine or 1 saal me krna chaiye. Agar patient ki history hai asthma or COPD ki to uska treatment initial stage pe hi jruri hai.

Patient should get a good nourishing diet. Invisible toxins we are inhaling day in and day out. Agar patient ki problem early stage pe diagnose ho gyi to patient can live a normal life. Sometimes patient stops responding to the medicine when they are at the crucial stage. So, you always must report earlier to solve your problem. We look forward for a healthy life. We want clean air, water to avoid diseases which are prevalent in our country.

Thank You!

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Dr. Rakesh Chawla is a popular Pulmonologist in Rohini, Delhi. He has been a practicing Pulmonologist for 35 years. He is a qualified MBBS, MS, MD, DM, MCh. He is currently associated with Dr Rakesh Chawla Chest Asthma Allergy and Sleep Center in Rohini, Delhi. Book an appointment online with Dr. Rakesh Chawla and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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MBBS - PGIMS,Rohtak - 1982
MD - Respiratory Medicine - PGIMS,Rohtak - 1986
Trained In Treating Sleep Disorder - Royal Prince Alfred Hospital - Australia - 1997
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Trained In Interventinal Bronchoscopy - European Respiratory Congress - Germany - 2006
Trained In Medical Thoracoscopy - Singapore General Hospital in APCB - 2007
Trained In Rigid Bronchoscopy - World Congress of Bronchology - Japan - 2008
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Awards and Recognitions
Presented Papers In National & International Conferences
Published 56 Papers In National & International Journals
Recipient Of Indian Chest Society O.A. Sarna Oration & Award
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Appreciation Award From Honble Dr. A.P.J. Abdul
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FCCP - College of Chest Physicians - USA
FNCCP- College of Chest Physicians
FICCS- Indian College and Critical Care Society
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FICS - Indian Chest Society
FIAB - INdian Association of Bronchology

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Bronchoscopy - All You Should Know About It!

MBBS, MD - Respiratory Medicine , Trained In Treating Sleep Disorder , Trained In Interventinal Bronchoscopy , Trained In Medical Thoracoscopy , Trained In Rigid Bronchoscopy
Pulmonologist, Delhi
Bronchoscopy - All You Should Know About It!

Bronchoscopy is a test performed by doctors to examine the lungs and airways. It is a medical procedure used for the treatment of lung problems like tumors, infections, excess of mucus, bleeding, or blockage.

In this endoscopic procedure, a thread like instrument called a Bronchoscope is inserted into the airways through mouth or nose to detect the abnormalities of the lungs. The Bronchoscope used in this procedure is made of optical fiber. It may be flexible or rigid.

Types of Bronchoscopy

There are two types of Bronchoscopy:

Flexible Bronchoscopy: The Flexible Bronchoscopy is much more common than Rigid Bronchoscopy. In this procedure, a long thin wire with light is inserted into Lungs. The flexibility of the instrument makes it easier to reach more points than Rigid Bronchoscope.

Rigid Bronchoscopy: The Rigid Bronchoscopy is a procedure in which a hollow, straight, metal tube is used to treat bleeding, removing foreign materials, etc.

Why Is Bronchoscopy Recommended

There are several medical reasons for which doctors recommend Bronchoscopy. Some of the them are:

● Tumor or Infection
● Chronic Cough
Lung Cancer
Lung Disease
● Blockage in Airways
● Short Breath Rate
● Remove excess mucus, fluid, or foreign materials from airways

How Bronchoscopy is Performed

In this process, an instrument made with optical fiber, called Bronchoscope, is inserted into the Lungs and airways to determine the abnormalities.

The Bronchoscopy process includes the following steps:

● The first step is to give medicines that help patients relax.
● An anesthetic drug is sprayed into mouth and throat. If Bronchoscopy is performed through the nose, numbing jelly is given through the nostrils.
● After numbing the patients, gently insert the Bronchoscope with light and camera. It may initially cause a cough.
● Doctors send the Saline solution through the tube. The Saline solution helps to wash the lungs and collect samples of cells, mucus, fluids, and microbes for further testing. This process of Bronchoscopy is called lavage.
● In some cases, needles, tiny brushes, or forceps may also pass with the scope to collect lung tissues (Biopsy).
● A stent may also be placed in airway to view lungs in this procedure.
● Sometimes an Ultrasound is also performed by doctors to see the lymph nodes and tissues around the lungs. Ultrasound is also performed for imaging that helps the doctor to see the condition of airways.
● After the procedure, Bronchoscope is removed from the body.

Benefits After Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy is one of the most common tests in Pulmonology. It is a quick and painless process used by doctors to determine or treat many Lung problems. With the help of this process, doctors will come to know the exact problem of the patients. Based on the results of Bronchoscopy, doctors will advise taking medicine or other treatment. So, this process is very helpful to know the medication or treatment for particular Lung disease.

Bronchoscopy is one of the safest tests that may carry little complications or risks. These risks are temporary and can be cured in a few days. So, it is always beneficial to consult a doctor before and after the test.

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Pleural Effusion - Everything You Must Know About It!

MBBS, MD - Respiratory Medicine , Trained In Treating Sleep Disorder , Trained In Interventinal Bronchoscopy , Trained In Medical Thoracoscopy , Trained In Rigid Bronchoscopy
Pulmonologist, Delhi
Pleural Effusion - Everything You Must Know About It!

Thin membranes on the surface of lungs and inside of the chest cavity are known as Pleura. The space between them is known as Pleural space. Pleural Effusion is a common problem where fluid accumulates in the Pleural space. A person may have it if he or she has any heart or lung problems, such as Pneumonia, Tuberculosis, Pulmonary Embolism, etc. Other problems not related to lung or heart, such as Hypothyroidism, Nephrotic Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ovarian Tumours, etc. may also lead to Pleural Effusion.

Causes of Pleural Effusion

There may be a wide range of causes for Pleural Effusion. The most common causes are:

Leakage of fluid from organs: If someone has a Heart problem and it is not pumping blood properly, there may be accumulation of fluid in the body. This fluid may leak into the Pleural space. If the Liver or Kidney is not working properly, it may also give rise to accumulation of fluid. This fluid build-up may leak into the Pleural space.

Infections: Infections like Bacterial Pneumonia and Tuberculosis are major reasons for Pleural Effusion.

Autoimmune conditions: Autoimmune conditions like Lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc. may also cause such condition.

Pulmonary embolism: Embolism leads to blockage in Artery in one of the lungs. This can lead to Pleural Effusion.

Lung cancer: Lung Cancer often causes Pleural Effusion. Cancer spreading to the Lungs from other organs too can precipitate the condition.

Pleural Effusion Symptoms

Symptoms of this disease show up only when the fluid build-up is moderate or large. Symptoms include shortness of breath, fever, chest pain, aggravation during deep breathing, cough, etc. These are the most pronounced symptoms of this condition. One may also have chills and night sweats.

Treatment of Pleural Effusion

These are some of the common treatment steps for this disease:

● The first stage in treatment is Chest X-ray or CT Scan to ascertain the dimension of fluid accumulation.
● The doctor may then draw out a sample of the fluid to test it for infection. If an infection is detected, doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
● If the fluid accumulation is less, the doctor may not consider it necessary to draw out the fluid.
● If there is a Heart problem, the doctor may prescribe medicines for the same.
● If the Effusion is large, a doctor would most likely perform a Thoracentesis to drain the fluid and ease the symptoms.
● If the Effusion keeps coming back, the doctor may consider a Pleural Drain. A catheter is put into the Pleural space for a long time for that.
● The doctor may also inject an inflammatory substance into the Pleural space. This inflames the Pleura and helps them bond with each other tightly. This is known as Pleurodesis and can heal the problem.

Pleural Effusion is a medical condition which is not to be taken lightly. One must consult an experienced doctor for its treatment, as it may worsen over time.

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Pulmonary Function Tests - Types And Reasons To Undergo Them!

MBBS, MD - Respiratory Medicine , Trained In Treating Sleep Disorder , Trained In Interventinal Bronchoscopy , Trained In Medical Thoracoscopy , Trained In Rigid Bronchoscopy
Pulmonologist, Delhi
Pulmonary Function Tests - Types And Reasons To Undergo Them!

Lung function is a major indicator of health since it determines the amount of Oxygen that a body is getting. Doctors resort to Pulmonary Function Tests if there is a problem with breathing or the lungs. Pulmonary tests show how the lungs are functioning. These tests measure parameters like lung capacity, lung volume, gas exchange, rate of flow, etc.

Armed with information from these tests, a doctor can decide whether a person has some issues with lungs or not. And if there’s some issue, doctor will be able to easily decide the line of treatment for accelerated recovery.

Type Of Pulmonary Function Tests

There are two common types of Pulmonary Function Tests: Spirometry and Plethysmography

Spirometry Test

● This test measures how much air a person can inhale and exhale, as well as how fast one can empty the lungs.
● It may also be done to monitor the lung condition periodically to measure the outcome of a treatment a person may be undergoing.
● In this test, a person needs to breathe into a tube. The tube is attached to a Spirometer.
● Before the test, nostrils will be closed with a clip. The person will also need to create a seal around the tube, so that there is no leakage of air.
● Patient will be asked to take a deep breath and then breathe out as hard as possible through the tube.
● The doctor may ask the person to repeat the effort three times so that he gets consistent result.

Plethysmography Test

● This measures how much air is actually in the lungs after a deep inhalation.
● During the test, one needs to sit in a plastic box, wear a clip on the nostrils, wrap lips around a special mouthpiece and breathe in and out through it.

Why To Undergo Pulmonary Function Tests

Doctors may conduct Pulmonary Function Tests even on healthy people. If a person works in certain hazardous environments like graphite factory, coal mine, etc., the employer may order such tests on a regular basis. People working in such places are at risk of developing Pulmonary problems.

However, the most common condition when a doctor may advise a PFT is when someone faces health problems like:

● Respiratory infections
● Allergies
● Breathing problem after injury
● Chronic lung problems like Bronchiectasis, Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, etc.
Tumors in the lungs or scarring or inflammation of the lungs

Diseases That May Precipitate The Need For A PFT

Sarcoidosis, a disease characterised by the formation of lumps of inflammatory cells around the lungs, spleen, eyes, skin, etc.
Asbestosis, a disease that results from inhalation of Asbestos particles.
Scleroderma, which causes thickening of connective tissues.

One of the Pulmonary Function Tests may be advised by a doctor for a variety of reasons. These tests do not always mean that Lungs have a problem. They are just a way to measure the parameters of working of the Lungs so that a Physician can treat a problem effectively if found.

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Nebulisation!

MBBS, MD - Respiratory Medicine , Trained In Treating Sleep Disorder , Trained In Interventinal Bronchoscopy , Trained In Medical Thoracoscopy , Trained In Rigid Bronchoscopy
Pulmonologist, Delhi
Nebulisation!

Nebulisation guidelines will help to serve the patients better.

NATIONAL GUIDELINES MADE ON 3rd & 4th November 2018 For Nebulisation

MBBS, MD - Respiratory Medicine , Trained In Treating Sleep Disorder , Trained In Interventinal Bronchoscopy , Trained In Medical Thoracoscopy , Trained In Rigid Bronchoscopy
Pulmonologist, Delhi
NATIONAL GUIDELINES MADE ON 3rd & 4th November 2018 For Nebulisation
Will help patient a netter management for chest diseases where inhalation therapy is recomended
I was part of prestigious group

8 Symptoms Of COPD!

MBBS, MD - Respiratory Medicine , Trained In Treating Sleep Disorder , Trained In Interventinal Bronchoscopy , Trained In Medical Thoracoscopy , Trained In Rigid Bronchoscopy
Pulmonologist, Delhi
8 Symptoms Of COPD!

COPD, which is short for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a severe form of lung disease that is characterized by increased breathlessness and obstruction of airflow from the lungs. People who are suffering from COPD are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer, heart diseases and many other conditions. It includes progressive lung diseases such as chronic bronchitisemphysema, few forms of bronchiectasis and refractory (non-reversible) asthma. The former two are the most common conditions contributing to COPD. 

Chronic bronchitis induces inflammation in the airway that carries air to the lungs and fills it with mucus. This either completely blocks the airway or narrows it, causing difficulty in breathing. However in emphysema, the air sacs inside the lungs which inflate and deflate as you breathe in and out, lose their elasticity due to which less air comes in and goes out leaving you breathless.

The best way to treat COPD is to quit smoking. Your doctor may also prescribe you medications or ask you to enroll in a lung rehab program. 

Causes:

  1. Smoking: Smoking is one of the most common causes of COPD. This is because smoking is known to destroy the stretchy fibers in people's lungs and irritate the airways. Even passive smoking is unhealthy. About 90% of the people having COPD are current or former smokers. 
  2. Genetics: Some individuals suffer from COPD even after refraining from smoking. Genes might be at the helm of COPD in such a case. AATD i.e. Alpha -1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, is a protein in the lungs, the lack of which is one of the most common genetic factor causing emphysema. 
  3. Environmental Factors: Breathing in harmful pollutants present in your environment is also one of the causes of COPD. Fumes, dust or certain chemicals are a few examples of harmful lung irritants. Organic cooking fuel may also cause COPD. Exposing yourself to the aforementioned environmental factors for a prolonged period of time increases your risk of developing COPD substantially. 

Symptoms:

  1. Shortness of breath especially after exercising
  2. Wheezing
  3. Tightness in your chest
  4. Unintended weight loss
  5. Lack of energy
  6. Frequent respiratory infections
  7. Wheezing
  8. Cough accompanied by mucus

Diagnosis:

  1. Physical Exam where your doctor monitors the functioning of your lungs. 
  2. Questioning about your past health (Smoking or other harmful lung irritants).
  3. Spirometry and other breathing tests.
  4. Chest x-rays and other tests to eliminate other problems which could be causing your symptoms.
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What Are The Reasons Behind Asthma?

MBBS, MD - Respiratory Medicine , Trained In Treating Sleep Disorder , Trained In Interventinal Bronchoscopy , Trained In Medical Thoracoscopy , Trained In Rigid Bronchoscopy
Pulmonologist, Delhi
What Are The Reasons Behind Asthma?

If you have been diagnosed with asthma, it is important for you to know about the most common triggers of asthma. Asthma is a medical condition, which is characterised by paroxysmal wheezing respiration dyspnoea. It causes breathing difficulties, tightened chest and coughing. By identifying and reducing your exposure to several asthma triggers, you will be able to manage or control your asthma symptoms and the frequency of your asthma attacks. Here are the most common triggers of asthma you should know about:

Allergies that trigger asthma
Allergies, are common problems and over 80% of people are suffering from asthma and are allergic towards substances like weed pollens, animal dander, dust mites, mould and cockroach particles. Children having large amounts of cockroach droppings in their homes are more likely to develop childhood asthma. Dust exposure may lead to dust mite allergy in asthmatic patients.

Food which triggers asthma
Certain food allergies may lead to isolated asthma, where other symptoms are absent. Patients with food allergies can exhibit asthma as a part of anaphylaxis, which are food induced. The common food items which are associated with allergies include eggs, peanuts, cow milk, soy, fish, wheat, shrimps, salads and fresh fruits. Several food preservatives also trigger asthma. They may include sulfite additives such as potassium bisulfite, potassium metabisulfite, sodium sulfite, sodium bisulfate and many others. These are commonly used in food processing and trigger asthma in sensitive people.

Asthma induced by exercise
Strenuous exercise may lead to the narrowing of the airways in maximum people having asthma. Exercise acts as a primary trigger for asthma symptoms in many people. Patients having exercise induced asthma are likely to feel chest tightness accompanied by coughing and breathing difficulties after completing an aerobic workout session. Although the symptoms subside, they may reoccur within some hours. You should warm up properly and slowly before a rigorous workout session to prevent an asthma attack.

Smoking
People who smoke are more likely to have asthma. If you have asthma and still smoke, the symptoms of wheezing and coughing worsen. Pregnant women who smoke increase the chance of wheezing in their to-be-born babies. You should absolutely quit smoking if you have asthma.

Infections which trigger asthma
Several infections such as cold, bronchitis, flu and sinus may cause asthma attacks. The respiratory infections, which are viral or bacterial, are a common cause and trigger asthma, especially in children. Asthma is also associated with severe heartburn. According to studies, more than 85% people with asthma also suffer from heartburn. This is a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.

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Interstitial Lung Disease

MBBS, MD - Respiratory Medicine , Trained In Treating Sleep Disorder , Trained In Interventinal Bronchoscopy , Trained In Medical Thoracoscopy , Trained In Rigid Bronchoscopy
Pulmonologist, Delhi
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Hi All,

I am Dr. Rakesh Chawla, pulmonologist. Today I will talk about a very common disease. It is interstitial lung disease. It has got 150 varieties of the disease. IPF is very common. Lung me jala aana shuru ho jata hai. Ye dheere dheere lungs ko khane lgta hai. Lekin kuch bimariyon me jaale ki progression ko kam kia ja skta hai. Kuch bimariyon me jala puri trha se thik bhi ho skta hai. Isko fibrosis bola jata hai. Lungs me scarring ho jati hai.

Lungs pure khul nhi pate and oxygen puri Nhi mil pati hai. Patient ko saans fulne ki problem ho jati hai. Diagnosis is problem ka bhut important hai. Ye bimari smokers ko ho jati hai. Smoke krne se lung cancer, COPD, tuberculosis. Aise hi IPS bhi iski vjha se hota hai. Jo log cement or chemical industry me kaam krte hain unhe bhi ye problem ho skta hai quki vo lambe samay tak inhale krte rehte hain. ILD and IPF ki kya presentation hai. Patient ko breathlessness ka problem ho jata hai normal activities me. Frequent attacks of the lung infection, chest infection, wheezing hona, ye sab symptoms aane shuru ho jate hain. Advance stage me ungliyon ka neela hona oxygen ki kami darshata hai.

Poor appetite, weight loss, cough these symptoms remain same. Is problem me lungs pe kya effect aata hai. Lungs me scarring ho jati hai. Lungs ke septum me scarring ho jati hai jhan se carbon dioxide release hota hai. Pulmonary function test, lung function test, spirometry tremendously reduce ho jata hai. Lung function kafi decrease ho jata hai. CT scan ki ek variety HRCT kia jata hai or us se check kia jata hai ki patient ko ILD ka kitna extend hai.

Ye type bhi bta deta hai ILDL ka. Lung biopsy se isko diagnose kia ja skta hai. Ye ek safe procedure hai and hum open lung biopsy bhi krte hain which has got lot of morbidity. Isko treatment kaise dia jata hai. IPF ke lia kewal 2 medicines hi hain jo fibrosis ki progression ko reduce krti hain but khtm nhi kar skti. Jaise hi breathlessness shuru ho aap pulmonologist ko dikhao. IPF can be treated at the initial stage. And non-IPF is also treatable. Is se related jo infections hain, unke lia vaccines are available. Pneumonia, influenza ka vaccine available hai. Pulmonary function test har 6 mahine or 1 saal me krna chaiye. Agar patient ki history hai asthma or COPD ki to uska treatment initial stage pe hi jruri hai.

Patient should get a good nourishing diet. Invisible toxins we are inhaling day in and day out. Agar patient ki problem early stage pe diagnose ho gyi to patient can live a normal life. Sometimes patient stops responding to the medicine when they are at the crucial stage. So, you always must report earlier to solve your problem. We look forward for a healthy life. We want clean air, water to avoid diseases which are prevalent in our country.

Thank You!

2401 people found this helpful

Know Tuberculosis And Its Types!

MBBS, MD - Respiratory Medicine , Trained In Treating Sleep Disorder , Trained In Interventinal Bronchoscopy , Trained In Medical Thoracoscopy , Trained In Rigid Bronchoscopy
Pulmonologist, Delhi
Know Tuberculosis And Its Types!

Tuberculosis is a highly infectious and potentially fatal disease which primarily affects the lungs. It is highly contagious and can infect other people via the tiny water droplets released by an infected person while coughing or sneezing.

There are two types of tuberculosis, that are pulmonary tuberculosis and extrapulmonary tuberculosis:

1. Pulmonary tuberculosis is a type of disease in which bacteria invade your lungs. It is possible that the bacteria in your lungs could kill you. However, fortunately if you have been taking the right medicines for your bacterial infection you can get cured immediately. The name of the bacteria which causes tuberculosis is known as the Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

It is worth noting that latent tuberculosis has no symptoms and there is no way you can pass it to another person either. However, it is still crucial that you take treatment for it. If you do not complete your treatment, then your tuberculosis will progress to a very dangerous form of tuberculosis. This is known as multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is sometimes abbreviated as MDR TB.

2. Extrapulmonary tuberculosis is when tuberculosis affects in parts of the body other than the lungs. There are many parts of the body which tuberculosis can affect, including the lymph nodes, nervous system as well as the bone and joints. Luckily, it is easily curable.

Extrapulmonary tuberculosis has pretty much the same symptoms as pulmonary tuberculosis. This is because extrapulmonary tuberculosis is the exact same disease which occurs to the patient, it is just that it affects a different body part. Therefore, the exact treatment recommended for pulmonary tuberculosis can be used to cure extrapulmonary tuberculosis. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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