Testing & Diagnosis
There are two kinds of tests that are used to detect TB bacteria in the body: the TB skin test (TST) and TB blood tests. A positive TB skin test or TB blood test only tells that a person has been infected with TB bacteria. It does not tell whether the person has latent TB infection (LTBI) or has progressed to TB disease. Other tests, such as a chest x-ray and a sample of sputum, are needed to see whether the person has TB disease.
If a person is found to be infected with TB bacteria, other tests are needed to see if the person has latent TB infection or TB disease.
- Page last reviewed: April 14, 2016
- Page last updated: April 14, 2016
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