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Dr. C. michael Bowman
46 years experience Pediatrics
Negative: If someone has inactive tb, it means that they have been infected in the past but the body has controlled the germs and walled them off so they can't ... Read More

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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Why do you ask?: Expect to wait eight weeks to be certain. The decision, in the meantime, is whether to treat you for presumptive tuberculosis. Make the decision with ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
Very possible: If your housemate has active tb, it is likely that you have been exposed and it's possible that doctors of public health officials will recommend that ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Bezack
18 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Get tested: Follow your doctors recommendations for testing. Have you already had a positive PPD and chest x-ray? If so, sputum cultures are the next step.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Need more info: All results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Talk to t ... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Omega Edwards
19 years experience Infectious Disease
LTBI: Latent TB infection is diagnosed by having either a positive PPD or having a positive blood test (interferon gamma release assay). A negative AFB smea ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
36 years experience Pediatrics
TB protocols: There are very specific TB protocols for this situation - what meds to use and how long. You can find these protocols on the CDC website and/or an exc ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elena Vezza
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Depends on risk: If you have a recent conversion, meaning you were negative and now you are positive, a chest xray is done to see if you have the disease. sputum cul ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Specializes in Pediatrics
TB: TB can stay dormant in the lymph glands for years before being activated at a later time. Since TB is endemic in India need to be checked for TB at fr ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aveshen Govender
Specializes in General Practice
Not necessarily : Latent TB does not necessarily require treatment unless one is immunosuppressed or is going to start medication that may cause immunosuppression. Late ... Read More
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