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Dr. Scott Lindquist
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If you're pregnant can you get a TB test?

If you're pregnant can you get a TB test?

TB test: A TB test is safe to have during pregnancy. It's important to know if you have tb, since you are bringing a new life into the world. You want to protect the baby from getting tb.

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I'm ten weeks pregnant, is it safe to get a TB test?

I'm ten weeks pregnant, is it safe to get a TB test?

Yes: It is fine to have a TB tine test while pregnant.

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I'm taking inh treatment for a positive TB test. Is it safe to get pregnant?

I'm taking inh treatment for a positive TB test. Is it safe to get pregnant?

I would wait: You should be done in 6-12months with your inh, and it would be prudent to wait if possible. If you are already pregnant on inh, the risk of affecting the baby is low, but present, discuss with your infectious disease doctor.

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I need to get a TB test soon. Is there anything I shouldn't do?

Avoid steroids: Corticosteroid medications can mask skin testing results of the TB screening test ("PPD"). They should not effect the blood test (Quantiferon TB). Steroid medications include pills and inhalers. Topical (applied to skin) should not affect the TB screening test result.

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People who work at doctors office how often they need to get a TB test?

TB: We get annually at the clinic I work at (unless the person is a PPD converter).

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When you get a TB test and no bubble pops up does that mean its negative?

Yes: If there is no raised area which measures at least 5 mm in diameter the test should be considered negative.

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Positive test result for TB my husband got a job offer and had to get a TB test. He went back to get the results and the spot is slightly red and barely over 10 mm. He is convinced that the results are positive and as a result he won't get the job. The

Hello.: Hello. You can have an overlying are of redness, that doesn't mean the test is positive. I always used the ball point pen method to read the TB test. You gently move the pen back and forth to determine where there is underlying induration. Being PPD positive and having tuberculosis are two very different things. Please have him talk to the person who administered the test to find out the result. You are checking for inducation and not color. Take care.

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Why would someone born in india get a false positive on a PPD TB test?

Why would someone born in india get a false positive on a PPD TB test?

Easy: What determines a false-positive test? Either not measuring induration, or that it was due to prior bcg, which seldom lasts more than 5 yrs. If someone has a negative PPD it means either that they do not have a focus of inactive tuberculosis or that they are anergic (incapable of reacting due to deficiency in immune mechanisms).

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What happens during a TB test? I know that you get a shot, but what happens afterwards?

What happens during a TB test? I know that you get a shot, but what happens afterwards?

It depends: There are 2 types of tests used to "screen" people for tb. The skin test involves an injection which leaves a small bump under the skin. Your provider will then wait 48 to 72 hours later to "read" the result. The injection may lead to swelling or redness which the provider will interpret & measure. Not all skin changes mean the TB test is positive. A routine blood test for TB is also available.

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Where do I go to get TB test and tetanus shot?

Med ctr: These are often available at community health centers or from private medical provlders.

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Could I be prevented from going to work until I get my TB test results back?

Depends: If your doctor suspects that you have open pulmonary tuberculosis, you could be prevented from going to work.

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Why would someone born in the Netherlands get a false positive on a PPD TB test?

Usually unknown: The reasons for false positive PPD are unknown. There is speculation that it could sometimes result from past infections with various TB-like bacteria. Such infections aren't very common, but they are equally frequent in the Netherlands as anywhere else. As long as the tested person is outwardly healthy and definitely does not have tuberculosis, this is nothing to worry about.

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Tb test, but where can I get proof of my mmr, polio, etc.?

Tb test, but where can I get proof of my mmr, polio, etc.?

Not sure: You should have an immunization record validating your claims for the above vaccinations. I assume you don't have it, if you are asking. Certain states have a registry that records vaccinations administered in that state, so contacting your primary care provider or a local health department might be helpful. If there is no way to obtain this information as described, i'd advise getting those shots.

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Where do you go to get a quick and inexpensive TB test?

Clinic/public health: Since TB infection is a public health issue, your local public health department website may have a list of clinics. The clinic will perform a standard skin test called a ppd and they will ask you to return to have it read.

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I got TB test injection in an open wound, is this bad? Should I get retested?

I got TB test injection in an open wound, is this bad? Should I get retested?

Yes: A TB (tuberculosis test, or ppd) should be placed on the underside of the forearm, on normal appearing skin. I can't imagine why it would've been placed within a wound, but it should be retested, because it couldn't be properly interpretted within abnormal skin.

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