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Is it safe for me to take care of TB patients while pregnant?

Is it safe for me to take care of TB patients while pregnant?

TB patients.: Obviously you need to use TB precautions to take care of the patient. Even then you are still at risk. Speak to your hr dept. ...Read more

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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How can I be safe. I'm pregnant amd im exposed to a drug resistant TB patient?

How can I be safe. I'm pregnant amd im exposed to a drug resistant TB patient?

You need to tell: Your doctor about the degree of exposure to this patient. He needs to find out what the resistance pattern of the organism that the patient has, what treatment has been started and if the patient's sputa are still smear or culture positive. Consultation with an id doc would be useful. ...Read more

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What can a pregnant woman do about exposure to an active tuberculosis patient?

What can a pregnant woman do about exposure to an active tuberculosis patient?

PPD testing serially: Serial PPD (tuberculosis skin testing) should be performed to determine if this pregnant woman had been previously exposed to tb, or if this exposure was enough to convert her PPD from negative to positive. New PPD conversions to positive should be assessed for active TB with chest x-ray and treated fully with anti-tb medication (s) as Isoniazid for 6-9 months. See a maternal-fetal medicine doctor! ...Read more

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My wife is pregnant. Is it safe for her to have a PPD test for tb?

My wife is pregnant. Is it safe for her to have a PPD test for tb?

Yes: A PPD test (purified protein derivative) is a subdermal skin test which is very safe. If she has tested positive in the past, she doesn't need a repeat. Most women are tested in pregnancy especially if you live in an area where it's endemic, traveled to areas where it's common, or if you've been exposed to someone with tb. It's also ok to have a shielded chest-ray after 20 weeks if needed. ...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

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What is injected in your arm when getting a TB skin test and is it safe for the baby to get the test when 21+ weeks pregnant?

What is injected in your arm when getting a TB skin test and is it safe for the baby to get the test when 21+ weeks pregnant?

PPD: Purified protein derivative which are TB proteins which, if you have a previous exposure to TB will cause a reaction called a "wheel." Your baby in utero will be safe as the proteins will stay right where they put them and not cross the placenta. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a high risk pregnancy patient to wait for natural labor if she has history of failure to progress? *type 2 diabetic @ 38weeks*

Is it safe for a high risk pregnancy patient to wait for natural labor if she has history of failure to progress? *type 2 diabetic @ 38weeks*

Complicated: Timing of delivery depends on many factors. One of these is how well-controlled diabetes has been during the pregnancy. All of these factors should be discussed with your doctor-- they know your medical history, and the history of your current and past pregnancies. ...Read more

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What food should a patient of TB should take if she is infected?

What food should a patient of TB should take if she is infected?

Normal healthy diet: With tb, one can eat a normal healthy diet. He can take an over-the-counter multivitamin just in case he doesn't get enough in the diet. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin raff, do I need treatmen for TB again? Is it safe to get pregnant again with qtf positive. Tb was recovered ten yrs ago

Dr. Martin raff, do I need treatmen for TB again? Is it safe to get pregnant again with qtf positive. Tb was recovered ten yrs ago

You need to have: Active infection ruled out. If your chest cray is normal and you have no symptoms then you do not have tb. If you have a productive cough you need sputum cultures. Ig you do not have TB it is safe to get pregnant even with this positive test. ...Read more

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Someone told me she has latent TB&takes medication for 8 months. Is it normal? I thought latent TB patients take medication for 3-6 months? Active TB?

Someone told me she has latent TB&takes medication for 8 months. Is it normal? I thought latent TB patients take medication for 3-6 months? Active TB?

6 or 9 months: Isoniazid treatment for having latent TB (such as having a positive Quantiferon TB test result) after getting exposed to TB... is usually 6 months or 9 months of medication. ...Read more

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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. ...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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Dr. Martin raff, TB 10yrs ago,miscarriage 13th wk last yr. Any relations between them?qtf positive last wk,tsh4.69. What to do for next safe pregnancy?

Dr. Martin raff, TB 10yrs ago,miscarriage 13th wk last yr. Any relations between them?qtf positive last wk,tsh4.69. What to do for next safe pregnancy?

Get treatment: Hypothyroidism (low thyroid levels, which you have) is associated with miscarriage. That should be treated before you try again. Also, they will probably test you to be sure there is no active tb. If so, you need to be treated before getting pregnant again as the treatment can be harmful to an embryo/fetus. Ask y our doctor for more info. ...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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Tb recovered 10yrs ago. Last year miscarriage at 13th wk. Need treatment for qtf-gold positive now? Relationships between them? Safe to pregnant again?

TB: Not sure if last year's miscarriage related to TB or not, but most likely not since TB is not a common cause of miscarriage, anyway. If you have positive quantiferon test, you may need treatment, but I would avoid pregnancy at all costs during the treatment, because the drugs are quite toxic. ...Read more

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10 yrs ago recover from lung tb. Miscarriage at 13th weeks last year. Qtf-gold positive last week. Need treatment for TB again? Safe to pregnant again?

10 yrs ago recover from lung tb. Miscarriage at 13th weeks last year. Qtf-gold positive last week. Need treatment for TB again? Safe to pregnant again?

Treatment: Positive quantiferon test indicates you have either active or latent infection. You will most likely need treatment. The choice of drugs and length of therapy depends on chest x-ray and sputum (if you have any) test findings. It also depends on if you have any symptoms. You need to see either a pulmonologist or an infectious disease doctor. ...Read more

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I m hocm patient and m on medication inderal, (propranolol) epitril. How to get pregnant and deliver safe?

I m hocm patient and m on medication inderal, (propranolol) epitril. How to get pregnant and deliver safe?

Advice: Before attemtping pregnancy you should see your ob/gyn. He will recommend to change the blood pressure meds first. The ones you take are related to a very high rate of fetal malformations. So make sure you use contraception and see a specialist before getting pregnant. ...Read more

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If diplopia or vertigovision occur in brain tb. How much time it takes to recover? While, TB is 3 month old and pateint is taking medicine from 1month

If diplopia or vertigovision occur in brain tb. How much time it takes to recover? While, TB is 3 month old and pateint is taking medicine from 1month

Tb meningitis: If you have TB meningitis affecting cranial nerve functions...Double vision and vertigo, it will likely take months to perhaps get some recovery. It is important to consult your neurologist, because some forms of TB do not respond to standard medications. He or she will need to check on your response to the medications you are getting. Do not delay doing this, since the disease may progress. ...Read more

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Can a latent TB pateint take mass gainer.? First in chest nd then glands in neck but nw treatment is over nd fit and fine

Mass gainers: These dietary supplements do not generally contain anything that would affect your immune status. As long as the material you are ingesting does not have steroids you should be fine vis a vis the potential for reactivating tuberculosis. ...Read more

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What does a obgyn do if a patient has hormonal imbalance and they want to get pregnant and do not want to take birth control?

What does a obgyn do if a patient has hormonal imbalance and they want to get pregnant and do not want to take birth control?

Ovulation testing: If someone has irregular periods then they may or may not be ovulating. Ovulation testing can be done. Since you are age 19 your doctor may encourage you to consider delaying infertility treatments and instead focus on education and career building at this point in your life. ...Read more

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I'm a RDA and 10wks pregnant. Is it safe to use a Nomad (hand held xray) in the room with a patient & wear a lead apron? Room is a open area.

I'm a RDA and 10wks pregnant. Is it safe to use a Nomad (hand held xray) in the room with a patient & wear a lead apron? Room is a open area.

Probably: The Nomad website notes that this product is no longer sold in the United States, and this makes me a little concerned, but if it is working correctly and used properly it should be safe. You should also, of course, be wearing a radiologic dosimeter which is properly monitored to be using any radiologic equipment. I would address this issue with your radiation health safety officer to be sure. ...Read more

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How can I find a doctor to take me as a new patient even though I'm 34 weeks pregnant? When I first found out was through the Emergency Room but I had no way of transportation/financial help to be able to make appointments or see a doctor.

How can I find a doctor to take me as a new patient even though I'm 34 weeks pregnant? When I first found out was through the Emergency Room but I had no way of transportation/financial help to be able to make appointments or see a doctor.

34 weeks: You MUST make an appointment to see a Gynecologist as soon as possible. If the ER doctors cannot help you through pregnancy (very likely) they will definitely get you an appointment with a Gynecologist immediately. All should turn out OK but you must not delay! ...Read more

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Survival chance of patient with 99% TB infected?

Very high: Pulmonary TB is curable 100 percent as long as it is not mdrtb ie multidrug resistant. ...Read more

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Why would a TB patient be given asylum placement?

THEY WOULD NOT: Tb sanatoriums were used more than 50 years ago before there were effective treatments. They have not been used since that time. Today people with xdr or extremely drug resistant TB might be placed on isolation for a prolonged time but the days of TB asylums is long gone. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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