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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 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?

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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My TB (tuberculosis) test is positive, but I don't feel any symptoms. Why?

My TB (tuberculosis) test is positive, but I don't feel any symptoms. Why?

Chest X ray: It is possible to have active TB with very little symptoms especially early on. However, it is more than likely that you carry the germ for TB in a dormant form, this is called latent tb. No symptoms are expected with latent tb. ...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

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Can you explain what a positive test for lupus anticoagulant means?

Can you explain what a positive test for lupus anticoagulant means?

Autoantibodies.: Your body is producing antibodies directed against its own tissues and is likely at increased risk for the development of an autoimmune disease such as lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis, vitiligo, infammatory bowel dis or pernicious anemia from gastritis. Lac can cause clotting disorders and miscariages, but is not in and of itself an important predictor of clinical outcomes. ...Read more

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What is the significance of a positive test for lupus anticoagulant?

What is the significance of a positive test for lupus anticoagulant?

Blood clots: You are paradoxically at increased risk of having blood clots. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I got a positive lupus antibody test in june and was told I would need lifelong warfarin. Is this accurate?

I got a positive lupus antibody test in june and was told I would need lifelong warfarin. Is this accurate?

Not necessarily: If all you had was one positive lupus antibody test, then that is not an indication for treatment with warfarin. To make a diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome requires multiple positive tests over time in addition to a clinical finding such as a blood clot or miscarriages.

http://www.rheumatology.org/practice/clinical/patients/diseases_and_conditions/antiphospholipidsyndrome. Asp. ...Read more

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I recently had a positive ANA test. My dr tested folupus but it was negative. I have all the symptoms except rash. Can u have a false neg lupus test?

I recently had a positive ANA test. My dr tested folupus but it was negative. I have all the symptoms except rash. Can u have a false neg lupus test?

Keep working: Lupus is defined by a series of criteria, of which a strongly positive ANA is one. No specific test turning out negative rules out lupus. Perhaps you were tested for anti-smith (sm), which if positive hands us the diagnosis but is only positive in 1 of 3 patients. Perhaps there is a misunderstanding or you can request consultation. Lupus requires great courage -- will be thinking of you. ...Read more

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How often does an ANA test comeback positive when lupus is not involved? What else could a positive ANA indicate? (there are several symptoms of sle)

How often does an ANA test comeback positive when lupus is not involved? What else could a positive ANA indicate? (there are several symptoms of sle)

Positive ANA: A positive ANA can mean many things. Lupus is just one autoimmune disorder. An ANA can come back positive and be rechecked and be negative. There are other blood markers that we use to tell what an ANA means. Ask your doctor if other tests were done. ...Read more

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How quick can a blood work test for lupus or RA go from constantly being negative to finally showing up as a positive?

How quick can a blood work test for lupus or RA go from constantly being negative to finally showing up as a positive?

Check the Laboratory: Call the laboratory and make sure that their quality controls were within their established standard deviations on the batch of tests that your specimen was run and also find out any possibility of false positives for that particular method that they are using to do your test. ...Read more

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What could a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled indicate if lupus and rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative?

What could a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled indicate if lupus and rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative?

Need more testing: ANA is a screening test. A positive result only indicates more testing might be needed. The speckled portion of the result is not very helpful on its own. About 5% of humans (1 in 20) have a positive ANA for no reason. ...Read more

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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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