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Normal chest X-ray & abdominal/pelivic CT scan, but positive TB skin test? I have low grade fevers, extreme fatigue & swollen lymph nodes. Tb?

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. ...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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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?

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. ...Read more

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So my TB is positive and I went to the doctors on april 28 for an x-ray. How long should I wait for the results?

So my TB is positive and I went to the doctors on april 28 for an x-ray. How long should I wait for the results?

Very shortly: It doesn't take too much time to read and report on the x-ray. So hopefully within the next couple of days. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to TB X-ray screening?

What are some alternatives to TB X-ray screening?

TB screening: Current recommendations require a chest
x-ray be performed on any person whose tuberculin PPD testing or quantiferon blood testing is positive to rule out pulmonary tb. ...Read more

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Could TB be seen from a chest X-ray?

Could TB be seen from a chest X-ray?

Yes: Common TB comes in two varities In children primary TB shows up as enlarged mediastinal nodes, pneumonia, and pleural fluid on chest xray. With healing of TB get Ghon complex of calcified nodule in lung and calcified node in mediatinum. Secondary TB usually occurs later in life with reinfection with pulmonary and pleural changes in upper part of the chest. Exposure to TB can be without xray change ...Read more

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My son was having dose of tb and completed one month ago but when I went to check chest through x ray, report shows has mild plural effusion?

My son was having dose of tb and completed one month ago but when I went to check chest through x ray, report shows has mild plural effusion?

See Doctor: See your doctor. He may need a paracentesis with culture/molecular ID study of fluid to see if current treatment is working or TB is resistant.

Best wishes ...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.

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.

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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Can TB be seen on chest x-ray?

Sometimes, esp: Chronic infection. But most chest x-rays (at least in the us and canada) done for postive PPD skin test show no evidence of pulmonary tb. ...Read more

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Hi doc my x-ray seen I have pleurophragmatic adhesion what is that doc is that a TB pls explain it to me because I'm scared thank u?

Don't be scared: At your young age, this is most likely benign. There are many etiologies for this, including past trauma or pneumonia. Even, not taking a big breath during the x-ray could show an abnormality. The good news: the lung parenchyma (tissue) looks good. If no other symptoms, relax.
If symptoms, see a physician asap. ...Read more

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2 year old tested pos. For TB (11 mm). Only reason she was tested is went to Aruba in Dec. Neg x-ray. Should we retest before starting her on meds? Hate to start her on meds if this is a false pos

Meds safer than TB: When in doubt, treat. INH for treatment of latent TB is safer than taking chances with TB which can be fatal. Active TB in young children is usually more complicated than adults, so all the more reason to treat if in doubt. There are newer blood tests for TB that can be helpful. Get a consult with an infectious disease specialist if needed. ...Read more

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What does faded lines on chest X-ray means? Is it TB?

What does faded lines on chest X-ray means? Is it TB?

Faded lines: Unfortunately what you describe is too vague, it doesn't really have any meaning at all for me as a radiologist. Is there a specific abnormality described in the report? What terminology do they use? ...Read more

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What should I do if I have TB in my lungs (skin, sputam test negative)but X-ray said tb.?

Not TB: Radiographic findings are one part of diagnosis of disease processes. Some things can have similar appearances and usually differential in diagnosis. Negative correlative blood test and sputum negate the radiographic findings. Negative skin test: means the person’s body did not react to the test, and that latent TB infection or TB disease is not likely. Look for other cause of xray findings. ...Read more

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How could I get around getting a chest X-ray to prove I don't have tb?

See details: Why would you want to avoid a simple x ray? Radiation exposure is minimal and it is essential to properly evaluate someone suspected of having tb. ...Read more

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If someone had a normal chest X-ray hoiw safe is it to assume that they do not have TB at all?

Tuberculosis: If the CXR is normal it is unlikely that they have active pulmonary TB but if they previously had a primary TB infection (PPD+) they may reactivate the disease outside of the lungs. This is a complex issue and you need to provide more info before being answered satisfactorily. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I had a primary complex when I was 3 yrs old, I am 28 years old now, my X-Ray report shows the minor scar. I m very health and no sign of TB. Pls guide.

I had a primary complex when I was 3 yrs old, I am 28 years old now, my X-Ray report shows the minor scar. I m very health and no sign of TB. Pls guide.

Normal.: I hope you were treated with AntiTB medicines and now there is a scar- Granuloma seen in the Xray. This is the healed TB; Good thing you do not have any symptoms.
No need for treatment. I am sure your doctor must have guided you the same. ...Read more

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Are there good ways to get a chest X-ray for positive TB test?

Imaging center: Your doctor should have given you a referral slip for the chest xray. They may have a particular imaging place they want you to go to, but you can go to almost any imaging center or hospital. Most positive TB test chest x-rays will be normal so try not to worry too much until you have your results. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference in pneumonia and TB on a chest x-ray?

Looks different: Pneumonia is a patchy or consolidated infiltrate, and TB are smaller cavitay lesions or spots in the lung. ...Read more

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How often do you need a tb-clearance chest X-ray to keep working as a teacher?

How often do you need a tb-clearance chest X-ray to keep working as a teacher?

Depends: If you have a positive skin test for TB (a ppd) a single negative/clear chest x-ray will suffice to allow you to go back to work. If you are being treated for active TB two weeks of anti-tb drug therapy is usually done before a patient returns to work. ...Read more

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I had positive result with the skin test for TB, but it was negative for the X-Ray. Do I get latent TB?

TB: Your physician will likely have also asked you a number of questions to help determine if you have latent TB or not. Although we usually think of TB going to the lungs, there is potential for it to affect other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Doctor driving me crazy. Not giving me proper diagnosis. Said costochondriis now she's saying possible tb? Wouldn't that show up on x ray? Rare?

Doctor driving me crazy. Not giving me proper diagnosis. Said costochondriis now she's saying possible tb? Wouldn't that show up on x ray? Rare?

Symptoms....: Symptoms of active TB include fever, night sweats, cough with sputum production (sometimes bloody), fatigue, shortness of breath, etc. Costochondritis is caused by inflammation of the chest wall cartilage and is characterized by reproducible chest wall pain. What symptoms are you having? Do you have a positive TB skin test? Were you exposed to anyone w/ active TB? Need more info to diagnose ...Read more

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Is the skin test as accurate as a chest X-ray for tb?

Is the skin test as accurate as a chest X-ray for tb?

Yes and no: The skin test almost always shows if you have been exposed to TB but does not mean you have active disease. The chest x-ray indicates if you have significant lung infection, but does not show early or very mild infections. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray result is fibrotic tb lesion noted what is that means?

Depends: Would need to hear the detailed report to be sure but this usually refers to evidence that someone had TB in the past and it has left a scar. If you were treated for TB then likely nothing more will need to be done. If you have never been treated, you may need to be treated for either active or latent TB. This decision would be based on your history and symptoms. ...Read more

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Can some one be diagnosed with latent TB just because he had a PPD + & apical pleural thickening on X-ray!? Even if he had sputum test (-)

Yes: A positive PPD means that you have living tubercle bacilli in your body. This, in the absence of other findings or abnormalities is inactive tuberculosis. Sputum cultures will be negative. ...Read more

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My TB test ran positive so now I have to get a TB gold test and chest x-ray. Won't those be positive too? What's the point of doing more testing?

Screening test: What you had was a screening test that only shows you were exposed to tb, not a test to say you have an active case. Next tests are to see if you have or had active disease. ...Read more

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37 asain female. Born outside of usa. Always TB test positive. 2009 chest X-ray is clear. 09/2012 X-ray show 4mm nodule. How concern should I be?

37 asain female. Born outside of usa. Always TB test positive. 2009 chest X-ray is clear. 09/2012 X-ray show 4mm nodule. How concern should I be?

Concerned: A new pulmonary nodule is concerning.
Probably not TB since skin test has been positive and "clear" chest x-ray in 2009.
See pulmonologist for workup. ...Read more

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What does Ptb mean? Is it possible to have pneumonia and tb at the same time? Doctor said to have another x-ray after taking clarithromycin for 7 days

What does Ptb mean? Is it possible to have pneumonia and tb at the same time? Doctor said to have another x-ray after taking clarithromycin for 7 days

Pulmonary TB: Pulmonary tuberculosis is TB in the lung, which could be inactive or active (the treatment is different for each condition). A person can have PTB and still get almost any other disease known to man. Having PTB does not prevent one from getting other diseases. ...Read more

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Had flu (3 weeks ago) had tb (1yr ago), current X-ray shows clear. In the morning I wake up breathing hard, and I cough dry thick chunky green mucus, why?

Suspect sinusitis: I presume that the clear x-ray was of your chest. I would advise getting a ct scan of your sinuses. I suspect that you may have a sinus infection. You may need treatment with oral steroids and a stronger antibiotic. This is not likely related to tb. Good luck. ...Read more

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