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What is a positive TB blood test?

What is a positive TB blood test?

A positive TB skin test or TB blood test only tells that a person has been infected with TB bacteria. It does not tell whether the person has latent TB infection (LTBI) or has progressed to TB disease. Other tests, such as a chest x-ray and a sample of sputum, are needed to see whether the person has TB disease.

What does your arm look like after a TB test?

Your health care provider MUST check your arm 2 or 3 days after the TB skin test, even if your arm looks OK to you. If you have a reaction to the test, it will look like a raised bump. Your health care provider will measure the size of the reaction. If there is a bump, it will go away in a few weeks.

Is it normal to have a bump after a TB test?

If you have a reaction to the test, it will look like a raised bump. Your health care provider will measure the size of the reaction. If there is a bump, it will go away in a few weeks.

What does a positive TB test result look like?

Positive PPD test: A positive TB test should look like hard, raised bump with size >5to15 mm depending of the risk category you are in. It should be read in between 48 to72 hours. It is the hardness and not redness which is read.

When to check TB test?

The spot of the injection is examined between 48 and 72 hours after the injection to check for a raised area of the skin, known as an induration. If a TB skin test is positive, it means the person has a response to the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.

Who should be screened for TB?

People seeking care who may be eligible for TB screening include people with medical conditions that constitute risk factors for TB (such as people living with HIV and people with diabetes mellitus) who may seek care for reasons other than symptoms compatible with TB.

What are the signs of a positive TB skin test?

A person with TB disease has a positive TB skin test, an abnormal chest x-ray (usually) and symptoms of TB disease (coughing for more than 3 weeks, fever, night sweats, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, and/or others).

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