Tuberculosis Test

Tuberculosis Test

Tuberculosis is a common disease that can affect the lungs and is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. The symptoms of an active TB infection include chronic coughing, blood-colored spits, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. The Warner Plaza Medical Clinic provides safe and effective tuberculosis tests for patients on a walk-on basis.

Our office specializes in two types of TB tests for patients, including the standard TB skin test or the x-ray exam of the chest. Our testing materials are delivered directly from the manufacturer to ensure a safe process with accurate results. A second visit is required at least two days after the skin test to examine the treated area and evaluate the result.

The TB test determines if an immune response is activated by the presence of the bacterium that causes the disease. This occurrence may indicate that the patient currently has TB, received a BCG vaccine, or was formerly exposed to it. The test looks at the amount of swelling the skin displays. A wider area of swelling can indicate a reaction to an existing TB infection.

A TB test is readily available to various patients, including infants, pregnant women, or those with a severe HIV infection.