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i need to know what my chances are of having tb! am i positive or what if red area?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
PPD: The hardness (induration) of the reaction to the test is the basis for determining a positive test. Any erythema visible really has no significance.

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