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Dr. martin raff, do i need treatmen for tb again?is it safe to get pregnant again with qtf positive. tb was recovered ten yrs ago

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
You need to have: Active infection ruled out. If your chest cray is normal and you have no symptoms then you do not have tb. If you have a productive cough you need sputum cultures. Ig you do not have TB it is safe to get pregnant even with this positive test.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Provided original answer
If mo active TB it would not cause a mis carriage . Hope it goes well this time. I lost 4, have 3 kids!!!
Mar 30, 2014
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Tuberculosis: Once you are infected with this bacteria most will never eradicate it entirely. As long as small numbers of the bacteria remain in your body your immune system will try to contain them. That is why the qtf+ test results. If you've been treated for active TB chances are that you will not reactivate unless your immunity is profoundly suppressed. Pregnancy will seldom do this. Have a great baby.

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