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Mantoux Test

Mantoux test or otherwise called Mendel-Mantoux test is a skin sensitivity test used to diagnose tuberculosis (TB). A standard dose of tuberculin is injected between the upper layers of the skin, and the reaction of the skin surrounding the injection site is noted for 48-72 hours. The skin of the person who has tuberculosis will become raised and hard.

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Is a positive Mantoux test suggestive of tuberculosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I had tuberculosis one year back, and I got a Mantoux test done recently, which was positive. Also, I got a chest X-ray done, and it was normal. So what do I have to do now? Whether it is TB positive or not? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please answer the following questions to be more clear about the current situation: 1. How was tuberculosis(TB) diagnosed a year ago? 2. What symptoms you had that time? 3. Which body organ was affected the last time you had TB? 4. For...  Read Full »

Kindly confirm whether my child is affected by tuberculosis or bronchitis by verifying the reports.

Query: Hello doctor, I need to know whether my child is affected by TB or bronchitis? I have attached his ESR, blood test, TST and chest X-ray. Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The very first thing why you suspected that your child may have TB (tuberculosis)? What are the problems he is having like prolonged cough, are any swelling in the neck or any contact with a p...  Read Full »

Why is there frequent wheezing without any known allergy?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5-year-old son has a wheezing problem right from one and a half years. A year back the doctor prescribed Foracort 100. I administered Foracort 1 puff daily for one year. Now, I have stopped it as adviced by the doctor. Still, he gets wheezing minimum one time a month and a maximum o...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Generally, we would label your son a recurrent wheezer at this age. Asthma is not a diagnosis of the tender age. Wheezing is generally associated with allergy and not always can be found with a blood test. It can be an allergy to dust, pollution, dampness, pets or anyth...  Read Full »

There is a neck swelling and Mantoux test shows 15 mm raised surface. Is it TB?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has gone for the Mantoux test and the report stated 15 mm raised surface. There is a swelling on the left side of the neck near the shoulder. Firstly we went to a homeopath because we thought that it is a stone. After 3 to 4 days it started paining after that we went to the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed your query and here is my advise. The swelling could be due to infective enlarged lymph nodes, reactive node enlargement or tuberculosis. You cannot rely on the Mantoux test. It is not the test for tuberculosis. To confirm tuberculosis and to rule out th...  Read Full »

Is the Mantoux test advised for my kid's cough and cold?

Query: Hi doctor, My kid is 2.5 years old. She keeps getting cough and cold every month. She is very sensitive to weather change. We consulted a local doctor and he advised for Mantoux test. The report says that the erythema and induration developed around 18x16 mm area after 48 hours. What does it mean? A...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Recurrent episodes of cough and cold occur when the child has decreased immunity due to some illness or it could be a symptom of tuberculosis. Mantoux test of more than 10x10 mm is suggestive of tuberculosis. In your child, it is 18x16 mm which is strongly positive. In tu...  Read Full »

What is the possible link between Koch's disease and irregular periods?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is suffering from irregular and painful periods from more than a year. We went to the doctor, and he told us to perform several tests like serum vitamin, serum prolactin, thyroid function, hemogram, calcium level, and Mantoux test. The reports, which I have attached, showed the...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is a case of irregular, painful periods, which is not uncommon among the woman who has not become a mother yet. I have gone through the report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), but I could not find anything suggestive of tuberculosis (Koch's dise...  Read Full »

Kindly look at my skin test and explain whether I have tuberculosis.

Query: Hello doctor, Looking for an opinion on tuberculosis skin test. Please answer if you have experience with purified protein derivative (PPD) skin tests. I am 34 years old, former cigarette smoker. My friend got diagnosed with tuberculosis due to strong arthritis medications, and I have had some conta...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Montoux test, (purified protein test) PPD test is a very non-specific test and does not give you any confirmation for tuberculosis. It is used as an adjuvant test for diagnosis and never as sole test. It is read after 48 hours of injection. You have not mentioned the dur...  Read Full »

Mantoux test is positive. Am I suffering from tuberculosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I had pulmonary tuberculosis in my teen age. After a full course of ATT, I was recovered and no findings on sputum and x-ray. Now, I am 30 years old. I have left lower abdomen pain since two to three years. But, it is not severe. The pain is intermittent and often relieved by passing stoo...  Read Full »

Dr. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Mantoux positive is showing sensitivity to tuberculin antigen. It is a screening test and not a confirmatory test. If it comes positive, then do TB PCR (tuberculosis polymerase chain reaction) for confirmation. If that too comes positive, then it means there is a chance...  Read Full »

What may be the reason for fever, cold, headache? Is this a sign of infection?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 48 years old. She used to suddenly get cold, headache and fever very often. We are unable to find the exact reason. We have done some tests for her, which I am uploading here. Please go through them, and let me know what may be the reason? And also let me know what remedy ...  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query as well as the reports (attachments removed to protect patient identity) and can understand your concern for her health. Repeated attacks of fever, cold and headache can be due to repeated infections of the body which could be viral or bac...  Read Full »

Why does my skin feel itchy and swollen after a TB test?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a TB test done at 9:30 AM yesterday and it is now 7:30 PM. The area is itchy, and swollen with a red ring around it. Should I be worried?  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I believe that you have undertaken the Mantoux skin test. There is likely to be an initial inflammatory reaction to the tuberculous killed bacillus which can form the ring and itch slightly. You may apply an emollient over it. This test is to be studied after 48 hours...  Read Full »

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