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If I have latent TB infection, how can I keep from developing active TB disease?

If I have latent TB infection, how can I keep from developing active TB disease?

Antibiotics: If you are 35 or less, it is recommended to take prophylactic antibiotics. If you are older than 35, the risk of taking the antibiotic is higher and outweighs the benefits of taking it. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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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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Can I spend time with family and friends if I have latent TB infection?

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Can I spend time with family and friends if I have latent TB infection?

Sure: Latent TB is a dormant form of infection, and affected individual does not infect contacts. It should be remembered, however, that latent TB can be reactivated when on long term steroid treatment or on any immunosuppressives. ...Read more

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I feel fine. Do I really need to take medicine for latent TB infection?

I feel fine. Do I really need to take medicine for latent TB infection?

Yes because: The idea of treating latent TB is to make sure it never becomes active. If it ever becomes active, you will get really really sick. Better to take one drug for 9 months, then be deathly ill taking 4 drugs. ...Read more

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Hello, My X-ray says that there is a homogenous density in the left apex. Impression: Koch's Infection w/ volume loss. Does it mean i have TB? thanks.

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My X-ray says that there is a homogenous density in the left apex. Impression: Koch's Infection w/ volume loss. Does it mean i have TB? thanks.

Tuberculosis: MAYBE. A pulmonary infiltrate does not necessarily mean tuberculosis. There are many things which cause pulmonary "densities". However, because TB is such a serious public health risk, it must be considered the leading diagnosis. At this point, you and your doctors must act as if you have TB, to prevent possible spread while further investigation and initial treatment occurs. ...Read more

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What are the tests for TB infection?

What are the tests for TB infection?

Several: The most conclusive is a culture of sputum that grows tb. A biopsy can show TB when examined under the microscope. Indirect tests include chest x ray, skin test ppd, and special blood test quantiferon. ...Read more

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What is latent TB infection?

What is latent TB infection?

A dormant infection: Latent TB is when someone gets TB and the body is able to suppress the infection but not fully get rid of the organism. They are then "dormant". When your immune system gets compromised or weakened the infection can "wake up" and reactive and become active again. ...Read more

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What if I have a positive test for TB infection?

So: Depending on your symptoms, your chest x ray, your age and other factors, you might need treatment for active tb, latent tb, or nothing at all. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's any TB blood test to confirm that i don't have a TB or a TB infection?

Help! need to know if there's any TB blood test to confirm that i don't have a TB or a TB infection?

TB blood test: Yes, there are a few. The quantiferon TB gold test is a commonly used one. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have latent TB infection (ltbi)?

Dormant infection: Latent TB means you have been exposed to TB somehow, and its dormant (sleeping) in your body, suppressed by your immune system, but not fully removed. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for latent TB infection (ltbi)?

Visit CDC.gov: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/treatment/ltbitreatmentoptions.htm if pt is less that 35 years may receive inh (isoniazide) 5 mg/kg or 300 mg/d for 9 months but other meds may be used ( rifampin). It is recommended to give piridoxine 50 mg ad to prevent neuropathy by it. There are other regiments & the amount of months of therapy vary. It is also recommended the tx to be supervised. ...Read more

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Do staph infections cause tb?

Do staph infections cause tb?

No: Staphylococcus and tuberculosis are 2 unrelated bacteria species that have nothing to do with each other. ...Read more

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After a full - course of treatment for TB infection, how long will it take for mantoux test to read normal?

After a full - course of treatment for TB infection, how long will it take for mantoux test to read normal?

Will Always be (+): Once you have had a positive test it will remain (+) forever, even successfully treated. That is why you never need to or should repeat it. You just have to inform whomever is requiring the test that you are a "Tuberculin Reactor." This does not mean you have active TB. ...Read more

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What is directly observed therapy for latent TB infection (ltbi)?

DOT: When someone from the health authorities checks regularly that the person is taking the prescribed medications to ensure compliance. ...Read more

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FNAC report says TB lymphadenitis with secondary infection. I am 5th month of TB treatment.is it mdr tb?

FNAC report says TB lymphadenitis with secondary infection. I am 5th month of TB treatment.is it mdr tb?

MDR TB: TB lymphadenitis (also called adenitis) is inflammation of the lyph nodes caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis or bovis. It is commonly known a "Collar stud abscess" because if its location to the clavical. It can open and drain..and sometimes needs to be opened and drained. The protocol is to test out the strain and if your getting better its probably not..but ask your ID doctor please. ...Read more

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Hi doctor,i was diagonised for plural effusion and it result chest infection ,doctor has prescribed me TB medicine such as rcinex cumbotol etc , i alw?

Hi doctor,i was diagonised for plural effusion and it result chest infection ,doctor has prescribed me TB medicine such as rcinex cumbotol etc , i alw?

Tuberculosis: Question is not entirely clear. It sounds like a diagnosis of tubercular pleuritis (an infection involving the potential space between the layers of tissue surrounding and protecting the lungs), and have been treated. You should do extremely well, assuming that you do not have a multi-resistant strain of TB. Problems with your period would not be uncommon with infections and treatment. ...Read more

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I am on TB treatment can i take medicine for pinworm infection during TB treatment.is it safe? Suggest a medicine.

I am on TB treatment can i take medicine for pinworm infection during TB treatment.is it safe? Suggest a medicine.

Yes: There are many options and the medication should be taken once and repeated in 7 days. Discuss with the pharmacist. All the best. Also family should be treated together and it is weight based. ...Read more

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My 3 babies have pulmonary hyperaeration (8yrs old), interstitial pneumonitis (7 y/o) and primary TB infection(5y/o.What best meds can I have for them?

Possible conditions: If there are chest radiographs/CT scans, perhaps you could upload them. I have a consult service at : healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Keycode: NCYHPZ. Each of these conditions may have a different underlying cause. Hyperinflation may be related to asthma/ bronchial obstruction. Interstitial pneumonitis is commonly associated with viral illnesses, but there are other causes. TB test all household members. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I have hazed infiltrates in the right lung field (consider interstitial pneumonitis. TB infection?

Should I be concerned if I have hazed infiltrates in the right lung field (consider interstitial pneumonitis. TB infection?

Depends: I would need more information on your medical history and risk factors. if you have the image available that would be very helpful. Which country were you born in? have you been exposed to TB? do you have fever, cihills, nightsweats, or weight loss? Are you on any medications? ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Tuberculosis (Definition)

A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs, but can ...Read more