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 Diagnosis of Tuberculosis

 Clinical Investigation

- Clinical
- Skin Test
- Tests

If a person is ill, and TB is suspected then a complete history of the patient must be obtained, which includes:

  • Exposure to tuberculosis
  • Previous tuberculosis and treatment
  • Previous preventive therapy
  • Previous tests for TB
  • Illnesses associated with increased risk (diabetes, immuno-deficiency such as HIV/AIDS or drugs, alcoholism, malnutrition)
  • Personal, family and social history

To determine whether a person has contracted TB, the Tuberculin Skin Test (Mantoux Test) is completed initially. If the results are positive the person is said to have a positive culture of M. tuberculosis.