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Latent TB

Anonymous
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My husband recently immigrated here. For his medical test he tested positive for latent tb. The chest x ray was normal. The doctor told him he was ok. Do I have anything to worry about?

Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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littlesippycup
by Ruby Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Don't know. Bump.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM

 NO

babynurse454
by Gold Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:02 PM
No, he has been exposed to TB, that was why his test was positive. He has never had active TB according to his x-ray, make sure if anyone tries to retest him you tell them no because he tested positive, it is ok to do chest x-rays. Your safe, this is actually common. They should give him a TB Card with this info on it.
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AngeLnChainZ
by Silver Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Why wasn't his doctor asked these questions?

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Thank you! He is from Northern Africa where it is common but being from America I freaked out lol

Quoting babynurse454:

No, he has been exposed to TB, that was why his test was positive. He has never had active TB according to his x-ray, make sure if anyone tries to retest him you tell them no because he tested positive, it is ok to do chest x-rays. Your safe, this is actually common.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM

I wasnt there with him when he went and I just got the papers bak and I read it but he said the doctor said he was fine.

Quoting AngeLnChainZ:

Why wasn't his doctor asked these questions?


babynurse454
by Gold Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM
I worked in Community Health for 8 years and did INS Physicals Im very familiar with rhe whole TB process. Sometimes the dr will put a patient on a 9 month coarse of TB meds if there is any indication on there x-ray. A lot of health care worker's are TB positive because of exposure, I've been lucky.


Quoting Anonymous:

Thank you! He is from Northern Africa where it is common but being from America I freaked out lol

Quoting babynurse454:

No, he has been exposed to TB, that was why his test was positive. He has never had active TB according to his x-ray, make sure if anyone tries to retest him you tell them no because he tested positive, it is ok to do chest x-rays. Your safe, this is actually common.



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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM

If the vaccine for tb is given could this be a reason for testing positive?

Quoting babynurse454:

I worked in Community Health for 8 years and did INS Physicals Im very familiar with rhe whole TB process. Sometimes the dr will put a patient on a 9 month coarse of TB meds if there is any indication on there x-ray. A lot of health care worker's are TB positive because of exposure, I've been lucky.


Quoting Anonymous:

Thank you! He is from Northern Africa where it is common but being from America I freaked out lol

Quoting babynurse454:

No, he has been exposed to TB, that was why his test was positive. He has never had active TB according to his x-ray, make sure if anyone tries to retest him you tell them no because he tested positive, it is ok to do chest x-rays. Your safe, this is actually common.




babynurse454
by Gold Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:19 PM
What vaccines did he get?


Quoting Anonymous:

If the vaccine for tb is given could this be a reason for testing positive?

Quoting babynurse454:

I worked in Community Health for 8 years and did INS Physicals Im very familiar with rhe whole TB process. Sometimes the dr will put a patient on a 9 month coarse of TB meds if there is any indication on there x-ray. A lot of health care worker's are TB positive because of exposure, I've been lucky.





Quoting Anonymous:

Thank you! He is from Northern Africa where it is common but being from America I freaked out lol

Quoting babynurse454:

No, he has been exposed to TB, that was why his test was positive. He has never had active TB according to his x-ray, make sure if anyone tries to retest him you tell them no because he tested positive, it is ok to do chest x-rays. Your safe, this is actually common.






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gblossom
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

BUMP!

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