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Posted by Robin
on November 15, 1999 at 16:18:22:
In Reply to: TB posted by Marie on November 13, 1999 at 19:56:06:
People who have a positive skin test do have TB infection, but are not having symptoms nor are they usually infectious (able to give it to others). In your husbands case the TB must have been walled off (in the mass, apparently), but because it is not showing in the sputum renders him non-infectious. There have been cases where the bacillius does not show immediately in the sputum but will grow out on the cultures. This simply means that while they are considered to have TB disease they are much less infectious that someone that it shows on immediately. In all cases, your husband should be treated with anti-tb drugs and you and all other contacts should be tested and treated if skin test positive. Treatment will prevent active disease at a later date. Hope this helps.
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