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A 26-year-old female asked:

Xray shown tb positve. ppd test positive but sputum negative. since i show no symptoms like fever, cough, night sweats etc., is it latent or active?

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Dr. Rifat Naghmi
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
TB: When your x-ray was read the radiolgist must have commented whether or not TB is active. The radiologic signs of active and inactive TB are different.
Dr. Venkata Vallury
Pediatrics 43 years experience
TB: CXR and PPD positive is indicative of active infection.
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
It is very difficult to grow TB from sputum so it is not necessary to diagnose the disease
May 30, 2015

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Last updated May 31, 2015

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