Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-06-18


My husband has now only been diagnose with TB but his thraot was so badly effected that he could not swollow or eat and that was great concern as it is still to painfull to swollow is this normal in such cases and what can we do so he can have an intake of solid foods he has been with an ENT and no mention of TB was made he lost 35kg in 2 months

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Painful swallowing (odynophagia) and difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia) should always be investigated, especially if associated with significant weight loss. There are many causes for painful and difficulty in swallowing: infections, inflammation, lesions or growths and acid reflux can affect the mouth, throat, voicebox (larynx) or esophagus. Tuberculosis itself can affect the throat and voicebox and cause difficulty in swallowing and a hoarse voice or difficulty with breathing. Your husband must urgently be seen by a doctor to exclude the above conditions. A thorough examination of his throat, voicebox and esophagus is imperative. If he is unable to eat or drink, alternative feeding strategies might be required.

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