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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Tuberculosis
Postivie Skin Test for TB [posted
Answer: Not zero, but pretty small. He will need regular monitoring of liver functions however,
Prednisone and TB [posted 8/7/98]
Answer: Assuming that the three drug treatment has killed all the tuberculosis left in "scar " tissue, the risk of TB would be nil. In general, we think that 6-9 months of 3 drug treatment would sterilize most patients, so the risk of the prednisone causing reoccurrence would be very low. However, I would watch carefully for symptoms and have a low tolerance to treat since there is not absolute assurance that all the TB has been killed.
Answer: Tuberculosis is one infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. It is one of the oldest diseases known to man. TB can be spread in many ways; but is usually spread by aerosol drops from coughing or respiratory secretions. Tuberculosis may effect almost any of the organ systems. However, involvement of internal organs other than the respiratory system is not thought to be especially infectious. Exposure to an individual with organ involvement who does not have respiratory involvement is of little risk. Skin testing by your physician will confirm any exposure risk.
Answer: Tuberculosis is spread by aerosolized tuberculli spread in saliva or
exhaled air. This disease is infectious;but, not markedly so. The exception is the patient
withTB of the vocal cords-they are very infectious. People who live around a patient with
TB should be tested and probably retested after the person is no longer
infectious;however, we no longer isolate the infected person. That was done prior to
effective antibiotics for treatment and before better understanding of the
transmissibility of the disease. Markedly infected patients are recommended to wear a mask
for the first week or so of treatment if children or people on chemo or other insults to
their immune system are in very close contact.
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