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Author Topic: TB from Mantoux?  (Read 8028 times)

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Offline permateen

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TB from Mantoux?
« on: June 21, 2007, 12:08:31 PM »
I was recently told that I have TB. I have no symptoms, and have been nowhere near anyone infected. Has anyone heard of getting infected from the PPD test itself? Had immediate reaction to Mantoux test that did not change. HIV poz 20 years, haven't been sick since '94. Highest VL of 1600 in '95, undedectable since then.

Offline RapidRod

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Re: TB from Mantoux?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2007, 01:47:52 PM »
Have you been retested and had an Xray? Those tests are known for false positives.

Offline Grinch

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Re: TB from Mantoux?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2007, 04:38:22 PM »
You can't get infected from a PPD

Offline aztecan

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Re: TB from Mantoux?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2007, 11:50:06 PM »
Hey Permateen,

Grinch is right. You can't get TB from a PPD. A positive PPD doesn't mean you have active TB necessarily.

It could be you have been exposed to someone who had it and you didn't know it. I know two people right now who had positive PPD tests.

Further tests showed one had dispersed TB, meaning he didn't have active TB in his lungs, but had been exposed at some time and the bacteria was living elsewhere in his body. He was required to complete nine months of treatment but is just right as rain today.

The other person had a positive PPD come back, but a chest X-ray showed no active infection. That person is now undergoing six months of treatment to ensure any TB in this person's system is eradicated, thereby preventing problems down the road.

Your doc should have ordered a chest X-ray immediately. If he/she didn't, you should find out why.

TB is a lot more prevalent that many people believe. That is why standard of care for HIV-positive people is to have a PPD annually.

By the way, once you have a positive PPD, you can never take the test again. It will always show up positive.

Let us know what you find out.


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Offline blondbeauty

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Re: TB from Mantoux?
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2007, 04:56:45 PM »
My Dr. told me that too many mantoux tests can make you sensible to the test and give + results for infection with TB. Most nurses and Dr. have that problem.
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Offline Grinch

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Re: TB from Mantoux?
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2007, 08:06:31 PM »
I have mandatory PPD's for work.  In 20+ years I have never tested positive.  I've also administered the test while working as a paramedic to Dr's and Nurses.  Again no one positive.

If you're positive or tested positive for TB you really need to speak with your Doc

Offline gerry

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Re: TB from Mantoux?
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2007, 12:16:44 PM »
My Dr. told me that too many mantoux tests can make you sensible to the test and give + results for infection with TB. Most nurses and Dr. have that problem.

I don't think that statement is accurate.  Repeating the skin test does not make one have a false positive.  There is actually a two-step test administered to health care personnel if one has not had a TB skin test for a long time because the test is prone to false negatives.  A positive test on the second step is interpreted as a positive result; not a false positive.

Offline LT

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Re: TB from Mantoux?
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2007, 07:47:25 AM »
I have no symptoms, and have been nowhere near anyone infected.

I doubt you can be sure you've NEVER been near anyone with TB.  For example, remember the recent news reports of the guy with multi-drug resistant TB who traveled from the US to Europe and back.

You could have contact with it in the grocery store, doctor's office, transit system . . .


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