· For each patient with newly diagnosed TB disease, a specific treatment and monitoring plan should be developed in collaboration with the local TB control program within 1 week of the presumptive diagnosis.
· This plan should include:
o Description of the TB treatment regimen
o Methods of assessing and ensuring adherence to the TB treatment regimen;
o Methods to monitor for adverse reactions; and
o Methods for evaluating treatment response.
· A number of measures are monitored to determine response to treatment.
· These can broadly be divided into clinical and microbiological markers.
· Physical signs of tuberculosis treatment success include:
o A reduction in symptoms, such as less coughing
o Overall improvement in the way one feels
o Weight gain
o Increased appetite
o Improvement in strength and stamina
· Laboratory Tests to Monitor Tuberculosis Treatment
- Lab tests including Sputum tests are performed during tuberculosis treatment to determine if any TB bacteria are left in the TB patient.
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