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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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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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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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Where should I go to get a TB skin test and a physical?

Where should I go to get a TB skin test and a physical?

Tuberculin test: If you need both physical examination and a tuberculin test, go to a primary carea provider. ...Read more

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Should someone with an egg allergy get a TB skin test?

Should someone with an egg allergy get a TB skin test?

Depends: Egg allergy in an of itself is not a contraindication to get a TB test nor does it mean one should get a TB test. Tb testing is done to eval one for tb. ...Read more

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How frequently should I get two-steps TB skin test?

Not frequently: Unless you are exposed in your job or it is needed for your job. Some health care workers get it yearly. ...Read more

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I am getting over shingles but in 5 days need to get the TB skin test would it affect the reading?

I am  getting over shingles but in 5 days need to get the TB skin test would it affect the reading?

I don't think so: Herpes zoster virus is not a risk factor for TB test. The only risk factors are patient that were exposed to people with TB or healthcare workers that were in contact with patient who has tb. ...Read more

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How often do u need get TB skin test? I start class in Nov. so is it too early get it done? Should I wait until Nov?

How often do u need get TB skin test? I start class in Nov. so is it too early get it done? Should I wait until Nov?

TB skin test...: A TB skin test is typically done early so getting it done now for a class beginning in November should be ok. But, check with your school to be sure before getting it done! ...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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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