TB (Tuberculosis) Testing
Summit Health offers TB skin tests called Mantoux tuberculin skin tests (TST). This test involves two visits to our clinic for a health care provider to initially perform the test and a return visit to review the results.
If you are looking into getting TB tests done for you or members of your organization, contact us today!
TB Skin Test Initial Appointment
The TB skin test is also called the Mantoux tuberculin skin test (TST). A TB skin test requires two visits with the Summit team.
On the first visit the appointment involves injecting a small amount of fluid (called tuberculin) into the skin located on the bottom of the patients arm.
TB Skin Test Reading
A person given the skin test must return within 48 to 72 hours to have one of Summit Health’s healthcare professional examine the arm to see if there was a reaction.
The result will depend on the swelling or raised area as a result of the injection
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Who Should Have a Tuberculosis Test?
TB testing can help keep higher risk groups health and provide validation for those people who may have been exposed.
If caught early enough, tuberculosis can be more easily treated and keep friends family and coworkers from contracting the disease.
Those at highest risk are:
- People who work in a high risk settings such as healthcare professionals
- People who have spend time with or been exposed to someone who has TB
- People from countries with known TB outbreaks
- People traveling to countries with TB
Testing is not required for individuals with a low risk of exposure or infection.
Can A Tuberculosis Test Be Repeated
There is no problem in repeating a TB skin test. If additional testing is required the repeated test can be placed in a different location on the body
Positive test: If there is a reaction this indicated that the patients body was infected with TB bacteria. Additional tests are needed to determine if the person has latent TB infection or TB disease.
Negative test: This means the person’s body did not react to the injection and that latent TB infection or TB disease is not likely.
Where Can I Get a Tuberculosis Test?
TB testing is offered by Summit Health for patients and organizations. Summit Health offers testing services for travellers, individuals, groups and organizations. Call book your tuberculosis test online today!or