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False Positive Tb Blood Test
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
Misinformed?: Who told you that your hep c test was false? If you have no viral load that means you cleared an infection. Are you sure you are getting the right advice? ...Read more
Can pregnancy blood test give false negative. 3 days late, urine test negative and blood test negative too?
Maybe: The fecal occult blood test can be quite sensitive and may show blood in the stool from minor gastritis or esophagitis that is not significant. But, it could also be due to a large polyp or tumor so colonoscopy is always indicated when the fecal occult blood test is positive. Your primary doctor should be arranging this in the near future. ...Read more
Work up needed: At the very least it may suggest that you have been exposed to tuberculosis. You should visit with your doctor to have questions asked about whether or not you have TB symptoms to suggest infection such as do you have a cough? Unexplained night sweats? Unexplained weight loss, fevers or chills and fatigue? You also need to have a chest x ray performed - since organism is usually inhaled. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tuberculosis vaccinated, TB test positive...Will my ANA be positive because of TB test positive due to vaccine?
Timing: It is possible that the urine pregnancy test detected HCG that was in the urine even as a pregnancy was failing (impending miscarriage) but by the time a blood test was done, the miscarriage had already occurred and the levels of the HCG pregnancy hormone were cleared. Alternatively, it could have just been a false (+) urine pregnancy test. ...Read more
Yes: There are 2 reasons for this kind of result: (1) a false positive, or (2) early infection before seroconversion. In someone at low risk for HIV without symptoms, another negative WB in 1 month means there's no infection. In someone at risk or with symptoms of acute infection, a viral load can be helpful. The new 4th generation antigen/antibody tests will eliminate this problem. ...Read more
blood test IGG 17.95 positive and IGM 8.50 negative. stool test was negative. do I infect with h.pylori?
Past infection: These results suggest past infection with H. pylori. The blood test can remain positive for years after past infection even if you were treated. The stool test and urea breath test can better detect current infection. The gold standard for testing is a biopsy during endoscopy. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007501.htm ...Read more
Erosive gastritis. h.pylori blood test positive, breath test positive, stool antigen test negative, biopsy negative. what to do ?
Treat it: The positive H. pylori antibody test is not a reliable indicator of current infection. The gold standard for H. pylori treatment is the gastric biopsy, and this is negative in this patient. However, I am impressed by the positive breath test and erosive gastritis. I would have expected stool antigen to be positive, as it mirrors the breath test. Given the discrepant results, treat the patient. ...Read more
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