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Removal of Scars

07/06/2010

Question:

I WAS PATIENT OF TB IN 1995. I HAVE COMPLETED THE COURSE .NOW MY CHEST X-RAY SHOWS SCARS .MY QUESTION IS THIS CAN THESE SCARS BE REMOVED ANY MEDICINE ? BECAUSE I HAVE TO JOIN AIR FORCE BUT DUE THIS I AM MEDICALLY UN-FIT . MY ALL THE TESTS ARE CLEARED AND I AM PHYSICALLY FIT .I WILL BE VERY THANKFUL TO YOU FOR YOUR REPLY.

Answer:

There are no medicines to remove scars and surgery would just produce more scars. However, scars in the lung are physically silent and of no consequence. I suspect the Air Force is more concerned about the TB and not the residual scars. 

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Jeff E Weiland, MD Jeff E Weiland, MD
Associate Professor - Clinical
OSU Asthma Center
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University