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Tb Skin Test Documentation Form
Normal chest X-ray & abdominal/pelivic CT scan, but positive TB skin test? I have low grade fevers, extreme fatigue & swollen lymph nodes. Tb?
Unlikely TB: It is unusual to have TB with a normal chest x-ray. You need to see your doctor get a work-up ASAP.See 3 more doctor answers
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
Tb I had my skin test - redness 40 mm I will do the chest xray tomorrow! But am I contagious? What are the side effects of the treatment for TB?
If you are: Coughing, you are able to spread the disease. They may try to culture to see for check for variants. Standard drugs are inh/ethambutol. Duration of therapy is long. Side effects not too troubling.See 1 more doctor answer
No: It is recommended to wait for at least 48 hours before interpreting the size of the swelling arising at the site of the TB test. This is because the swelling continues to increase for the first 48 hours & that is how this test has been standardized. Please make sure that you do not get your test done on a thursday, so the 48 hours time point won't come over a weekend.
3-5 days: The peak reaction usually occurs in the first 2-3 days. Most will resolve within 5 days. This can vary depending on the size of the initial reaction.
Not frequently: Unless you are exposed in your job or it is needed for your job. Some health care workers get it yearly.
Seek out information: Most will be followed first with a chest x-ray looking for active pulmonary disease. If negative, you are likely started on one TB drug, depending on your local as treatment for latent (quiet) tb. If you are found to have active tb, you are likely started on a 4 drug program that lasts for up to a year to knock it out. Get with your doc to see.
Great: Nothing to worry about.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Fortunately not or we would not be able to perform this test on more than one occasion.
POSITIVE PPD: NO. Sometimes it is due to immunization given before. Take a chest x-Ray to find any lesion in the lungs.
Tuberculin test: If you need both physical examination and a tuberculin test, go to a primary carea provider.
Positive PPD: A positive TB skin test should be followed up with a chest xray. If both are positive for findings, one should be treated and followed by an infectious disease specialist and take medications. False positive skin tests can occur if previously vaccinated against TBor infected with TB-like organisms. Improper technique or interpretation of reaction are other causes of false positives.
Not really: It does mean your have been exposed and will need treatment to prevent it from worsening TB is a very slow growing germ... I would also suggest consulting a chinese medicine practitioner as many herbs are very helpful in helping the body heal itself....
Not necessarily: (+) PPD means that you have been exposed to the TB agent. It doesn't say when. So if you had the TB in the past, it still will be (+) because your body "remembers" from the previous exposure. The greatest risk is if the TB agents are latent in your body, that's why everyone with a (+) PPD will have either a complete treatment with 4 medications or a mild one with only one. Your PPD will remain (+).See 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Exception will be the ones who had a latent TB and received a prophylactic inh treatment for 9 months. Their reaction to tuberculin test can become negative.See 1 more doctor answer
Tb test: It takes 48-72 hours to read a TB test
Skin test: It is a liquid (purified protein derivative) that is injected under the skin on the forearm (the ventral side or underside of the forearm) as a bleb that goes away. It tests to see if you were exposed to tb. When it is positive there is an indurated (raised and red) reaction bigger than a dime. It has to be read 2 days after it is done.
Blood test: There is both a skin test and a blood test for tb.