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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 affect the blood test (Quantiferon TB). Steroid medications include pills and inhalers. Topical (applied to skin) should not affect the TB screening test result. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Are there good ways to get a chest X-ray for positive TB test?

Imaging center: Your doctor should have given you a referral slip for the chest xray. They may have a particular imaging place they want you to go to, but you can go to almost any imaging center or hospital. Most positive TB test chest x-rays will be normal so try not to worry too much until you have your results. ...Read more

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My TB test ran positive so now I have to get a TB gold test and chest x-ray. Won't those be positive too? What's the point of doing more testing?

Screening test: What you had was a screening test that only shows you were exposed to tb, not a test to say you have an active case. Next tests are to see if you have or had active disease. ...Read more

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37 asain female. Born outside of usa. Always TB test positive. 2009 chest X-ray is clear. 09/2012 X-ray show 4mm nodule. How concern should I be?

37 asain female.  Born outside of usa.  Always TB test positive.  2009 chest X-ray is clear. 09/2012 X-ray show 4mm nodule.  How concern should I be?

Concerned: A new pulmonary nodule is concerning.
Probably not TB since skin test has been positive and "clear" chest x-ray in 2009.
See pulmonologist for workup. ...Read more

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If I have a BCG vaccine do I need xray every time I get TB test?

If I have a BCG vaccine do I need xray every time I get TB test?

No: After a number of years, most positive tests caused by BCG will wane to negative. Also, the interferon gold blood test can be used. ...Read more

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What can I do about my phobia of needles im going to job corp in 9 days I have to get an HIV and TB test I'm absolutely terrified I've been bursting into tears at just the thought im losing sleep I feel like it's a life or death situation I have no idea wh

What can I do about my phobia of needles im going to job corp in 9 days I have to get an HIV and TB test I'm absolutely terrified I've been bursting into tears at just the thought im losing sleep I feel like it's a life or death situation I have no idea wh

Learn More About!: 3-5% of population estimated 2 suffer from needle phobia-"trypanophobia." it's poorly understood & its impact underestimated. Prevents many from seeking medical &/or dental care. Phobias generally cause heart rate & BP to rise + feelings of panic. But trypanophobia causes heart rate & BP to fall + fainting. Learn more & call 1) lab & ask how they handle this; &2) anxiety expert 4 help managing. ...Read more

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Tb 10+ yrs ago in jail I failed a TB test, 02 yrs ago I did the 09-month treatment, last 30 days I'm running fever, can't get enough air, coughing up yellowish stuff, bad night sweets, vision messing with me, bottom of my rib cage is extremely sore from

You : You need to present to an urgent care or emergency room. The fact that you "can't get enough air" is worrisome. You may be dealing with pneumonia or bronchitis. Tuberculosis is unlikely since you underwent 9 months of treatment. However, you need to see a doctor to get a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a TB skin test while pregnant?

Is it safe to get a TB skin test while pregnant?

Yes: If you have been exposed or if its for an annual surveillance for employment, there is no reason to delay. ...Read more

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M 22 female. Cured frm tb. Can PTB scar cause problems? Can I get problems during pregnancy bcz of d PTB scars. Can I get marriied after one year.?

M 22 female. Cured frm tb. Can PTB scar cause problems? Can I get problems during pregnancy bcz of d PTB scars. Can I get marriied after one year.?

No: Could cause scars, just to be follow yearly. A pulmonary functiion will tell you your limitatuion ; not the scar. Yes you can get maried without problems. ...Read more

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Is it safe for pregnant women to receive a TB skin test in 1st trimester of pregnancy?

Is it safe for pregnant women to receive a TB skin test in 1st trimester of pregnancy?

Yes: The TB skin test is not known to cause problems in the first trimester of pregnancy. Best wishes! ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that ...Read more