Montoux test redness is appearing little away from the injected point. Is this normal ?
montoux test redness is appearing little away from the injected point? Dear doctor , My son 16 month old had a montoux test 2 day back. The red spot appeared little bit away from the point where the materiel was injected instead of the exact point. Is it normal? This red spot which is very wide around 20mm can it be a false reading or my son has TB. Also today i have observed another such mark on his left leg near foot. My son has a history of double pneumonia three months back . He is fine from 1 month. Adnan
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If the redness of Mantoux is more than 10 mm it is considered positive but please try to understand 2 things:-
1-When the a person has symptoms like loss of weight;evening fever or continuous mild fever; cough ;loss of appetite then a doctor can suspect TB
2-It can be said that a person has TB when all the test like ESR;X-ray chest sputum for AFB;IgM; are positive and the latest is TB Gold which is confirmatory these test are diagnostic of TB.Mantoux is also a supportive test but alone Mantoux cannot be considered as diagnostic of TB just for a simple reason in most of the kids who have been reactive to BCGvaccine it comes positive.I would suggest you to stay calm and then consult a Paediatrician who will guide you better.There are minimal chances that your child will have TB and if at all it is present it is easily treatable.Please do not worry and do any thing in a haste.
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