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Rare TB form killed ‘Numtarn The Star’, autopsy finds

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Rare TB form killed ‘Numtarn The Star’, autopsy finds

By The Nation

 

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The singer-cum-actress who seemed perfectly healthy until shortly before her death on June 14 had succumbed to a rare form of tuberculosis, a detailed examination by the Siriraj Hospital reveals.

 

Butsaran Thongchio, widely known as “Numtarn The Star”, started bleeding from her nose and mouth while at home in Samut Sakhon province on June 11. Although she was rushed to a nearby hospital and later admitted to Siriraj, one of the country’s best hospitals, Butsaran passed away just four days later at the age of 28.

 

“A tissue from her nasal cavity had unusual colour. So, we collected it for examination with permission from her family,” Professor Dr Prasit Watanapa said on Thursday in his capacity as the dean of the Mahidol University’s Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital. “Now, the result confirms that she tested positive for tuberculosis.” 

 

The examination used a polymerase chain reaction technique to check for DNA traces of tuberculosis. 

 

Prasit explained that, contrary to widespread beliefs, tuberculosis is able to develop outside the lungs.

 

Statistics show 80,000 Thais came down with tuberculosis in 2017. Of them, 83 had TB-infected lungs, while the remainder had the bacteria in other parts of their bodies. 

 

Of the non-lung TB cases, just one per cent happened behind the patient’s nasal cavity.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30371802

 

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So did the hospital know this when she became ill or did they only find out now?

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3 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Statistics show 80,000 Thais came down with tuberculosis in 2017.

i guess none of them when to this hospital. otherwise they may have been able to diagnose this a bit earlier.

 

you know, like before she died.   :coffee1:

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29 minutes ago, aqua4 said:

So did the hospital know this when she became ill or did they only find out now?

Of course not.  It was a post mortem finding.

3 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

“A tissue from her nasal cavity had unusual colour. So, we collected it for examination with permission from her family,

3 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

The examination used a polymerase chain reaction technique to check for DNA traces of tuberculosis. 

It takes days until the result is available

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The post from another place does make this a little ambiguous.

 

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Prasit Watanapa, dean of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, said doctors infiltrated a camera lens behind the sinuses of Butsaran Thongchiew, aka Numtarn The Star 5, and noticed an abnormal colouring  of 0.5-1 centimetre of tissue there.The tissue was removed and it bled. Tests revealed she had had the rare tuberculosis.

The disease might not show symptoms, Dr Prasit said

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80,000 Thai TB cases in 2017, as opposed to the similarly populous UK with 5,000.....of which 71% of sufferers were born outside the UK.

 

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10 hours ago, aqua4 said:

So did the hospital know this when she became ill or did they only find out now?

During the autopsy and post-death checks they took samples and found the cause of death.

I think that answers your question.

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This is scary.  A lot more terrifying than some residual insect poison on my vegetables.

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it is highly contagious, so were all people put in quarantine ?

 

what about elephants spreading TB... guess most people don't know that either...

 

in case you love to doubt stuff I say:

 

The zoonotic potential for the spread of TB between elephants and humans has been documented in one case. Other reports have demonstrated epizootic spread of the same strain of M. tuberculosis between elephants and other zoo mammals. ...Elephants in the United States are not exceptional in their susceptibility to TB.

 

 

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