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Can you explain if it's safe to retake a tuberculosis test after testing positive?

Can you explain if it's safe to retake a tuberculosis test after testing positive?

Repeat TB test: It is not a good idea to repeat a TB skin test if a previous test is positive as you can have a much larger reaction that may cause a problem. If you are required by work to have a screen for tB again , an X-ray is usually recommended. ...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 harmful for your health is a tuberculosis testing shot?

Intradermal shot: Tb testing shot (ppd test) is injected just under the most superficial layer of skin. It is done using a very thin & small needle & does not go too deep inside the skin. The discomfort is similar to that caused by a pin prick. After injecting ppd, there is tiny bump on the skin at that site which then can get bigger if your test is positive. Make sure you have it read within 48-72 hours after. ...Read more

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Which is more accurate for tuberculosis testing: culture or something like pcr?

Which is more accurate for tuberculosis testing: culture or something like pcr?

See below: Pcr can detect TB sooner than culture. Generally both are used. For additional information, consult the website given below. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5801a3.htm?s_cid=mm5801a3_e. ...Read more

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Could it be okay to retake a tuberculosis test after testing positive?

Generally not: If you are speaking of the skin test the answer is no, as it usually remains positive for years and years even after successful treatment. There is a blood test for latent (silent) TB that can be repeated following initial, successful treatment. ...Read more

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How can the tuberculosis test given?

Skin or blood test: There is a skin test or a blood test. Usually the skin test (PPD) is done. ...Read more

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How can the tuberculosis test work?

How can  the tuberculosis test work?

Two forms: There are 2 TB tests - PPD shot (given in forearm & swelling at that site is measured after 48-72 hours) and a newer blood test (quantiferon) that tests for immune response in blood cells. Both tests assess the response of t lymphocytes to several proteins that are present in the TB bug. Positive test would only mean that you have been exposed to TB bug. More tests are needed for active infection. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if a tuberculosis test shows positive?

Chest Xray And-----: If PPD(Mantoux) test is positive.We will order Chest Xray if it is positive.Next step is to get a specimen of sputum for culture&sensitivity and start the patient on Antibiotics.If chest xray is negative.And there are no signs and symptoms suggesting TB in other organs like Lymph Nodes,Bones or Kidneys etc.We recommend patient take INH as a preventive treatment for6months to kill dormant bacteria ...Read more

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How come I have to have a tuberculosis test done for custody of children?

To protect children: To ensure that young children do not get exposed to anyone with tb, child care providers (e.g. Those working in daycares or hospitals) are required to get a TB test to ensure that they themselves are not infected with TB & are not at risk for passing on the infection to the children around them. It also helps ensure your health and safety. ...Read more

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. Jan Lei Iwata
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more