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What type of doctor can order a tuberculosis skin test?

What type of doctor can order a tuberculosis skin test?

Any: Any physician can do it, and any should be able to read it. Most pediatricians keep the purified protein derivative (the substance that is used to perform the test) in their office. It does not require an order. The doctor places a bubble of the liquid within your skin, then looks at and touches that spot two days later to check the result. ...Read more

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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection is also known as Tuberculosis. 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 long does the tuberculosis skin test take?

How long does the tuberculosis skin test take?

48-72 hours: Any physician can order or apply a TB skin test. A very tiny needle is used to inject the test media, on the forearm. You will need to return in 48-72 hours to have it read. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a tuberculosis skin test done?

Where do I go to get a tuberculosis skin test done?

MD, DO: Any physician can order or apply a TB skin test. You will need to return in 48-72 hours to have it read. ...Read more

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Is a tuberculosis skin test a shot?

PPD: The standard tuberculin test involves inserting a quantity of a purified protein derived from the tuberculosis germ between the top layers of your skin.It is meant to form a small bleb in this location, typically on a forearm. The process utilizes a small needle. ...Read more

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I wonder if I can claim va disability benefit if I have a possitive tuberculosis skin test after company trip to asia?

No way: There are at least two billion people with a positive skin test. Do you want to have disability for all of them? ...Read more

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Is it normal to need a tuberculosis skin test?

Is it normal to need a tuberculosis skin test?

Required of some: Public health and safety statutes in some locals require that workers in public venues like the food industry, jails, health care, etc. Show evidence that they do not have evidence of contageous illness. Though not common, the resurgence of multiply drug resistant TB in some populations has kept concern detecting this disease high. If at risk thru work or travel it is to your advantage to be screened. ...Read more

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Please help me with my positive tuberculosis skin test how lon does it take to heal?

Please help me with my positive tuberculosis skin test how lon does it take to heal?

TB skin test: The reaction from PPD (tb test) can last for several weeks. Did you get a chest x-ray and placed on anti-tb medicine? ...Read more

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Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing a tuberculosis skin test?

No: A TB test is applied with a small needle prick, but not a shot/injection or into a vein. ...Read more

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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


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