TUBERCULOSIS


Tuberculosis, known as TB, is a contagious infection that is spread by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which attacks the lungs. It is often contracted by exposure to the coughs, sneezes, talks, laughs, or singing of someone with TB in which tiny droplets that contain the germs are released into the air which is then inhaled. Because it is so contagious, those diagnosed with TB are treated immediately in order to prevent spreading of the disease among the community.

While providing long-term treatment for those with TB, Dr Mogambery emphasises the need for comprehensive and accurate diagnosis as many times patients are misdiagnosed and are committed to months of TB treatment unnecessarily. Through physical examination and by performing focused investigations, she aims to allow microbiological evidence to guide the diagnosis while keeping her patients well informed during the process.

She aids in the management of pulmonary and extra-pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) which includes the administering of medications which are to be taken for 6 to 9 months on end to eradicate the disease. Due to the potency of the medication and the repeated intake, it is common for people with TB to develop severe, sometimes life-threatening side effects from the medications. The side effects of TB drugs depend on the specific treatment chosen for you. These side effects may range from mild to severe, and the combination of side effects and symptoms from the illness itself, for months on end can prove extremely taxing both physically and psychologically.

Dr Mogambery has experience in treating and managing the side effects of TB medications. By switching regimens, she is able to find the combination of drugs which produce the least amount of side effects so that those with TB may complete their treatment.