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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 ..Im pregnant amd im exposed to a drug resistant TB patient?

How can I be safe ..Im 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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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

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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Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more


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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