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could you tell me what happens when you get screened for tb?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Screening: If you have a + PPD then you will be screened to determine if you have TB infection or TB disease. The physician will obtain a medical history, physical examination, chest x-ray, & any other pertinent lab tests.

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