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Do all people from jamaica or any small island always show a positive tuberculosis test?

Do all people from jamaica or any small island always show a positive tuberculosis test?

Only if immunized: If immunization was in effect on that island (cuba immunizes against tb), then the skin test will be positive. You need to know that information in order to interpret the skin test results of anyone from any of the islands. I don't know if immunization is in effect on all the carribean islands. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Lindquist
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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more


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Could you get anegative on your tuberculosis test even though you got a positive the previous time?

Possibly: I believe it could be possible if you now have marked immunosuppression. Additionally it could have been administered or read incorrectly on one of those occasions. ...Read more

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Could it be okay to retake a tuberculosis test after testing positive?

Generally not: If you are speaking of the skin test the answer is no, as it usually remains positive for years and years even after successful treatment. There is a blood test for latent (silent) TB that can be repeated following initial, successful treatment. ...Read more

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Is the tuberculosis test positive if you have a bump there a week after the test was administered?

No: The PPD test has to be measured & interpreted within 48-72 hours after administration of the test. Any swelling/induration noted a week after the initial intradermal injection cannot be taken as evidence of a positive test. ...Read more

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How do I know a tuberculosis test is positive?

Touching the skin: There are 2 TB test. The skin test, ppd, if positive will elicit an induration underneath the skin. If the diameter is 15 mm or larger is positive. If in doubt you can request your physician to order a blood test called quantiferon gold. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if a tuberculosis test shows positive?

Chest Xray And-----: If PPD(Mantoux) test is positive.We will order Chest Xray if it is positive.Next step is to get a specimen of sputum for culture&sensitivity and start the patient on Antibiotics.If chest xray is negative.And there are no signs and symptoms suggesting TB in other organs like Lymph Nodes,Bones or Kidneys etc.We recommend patient take INH as a preventive treatment for6months to kill dormant bacteria ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's safe to retake a tuberculosis test after testing positive?

Repeat TB test: It is not a good idea to repeat a TB skin test if a previous test is positive as you can have a much larger reaction that may cause a problem. If you are required by work to have a screen for tB again , an X-ray is usually recommended. ...Read more

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What can cause a positive lupus test without having lupus?

What can cause a positive lupus test without having lupus?

Sometimes drugs: Sometimes drugs can cause a positive lupus test, but the lupus test or ANA is designed to be overly sensitive so as not to miss cases, but the drawback is it can be positive in normal people. Your doctor should be able to handle this problem. ...Read more

Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more