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What does the positive result of mantoux test indicate?

I have done with mantoux test and the result came positive 25mm. But my other all body tests came normal. my Lungs CT-SCan also come normal. there were no complications but doctor said you will have to take forecox and R-Cin tablets for 9 months. can you tell me am I really In TB ?
Tue, 20 May 2014
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Hi,
Thanks for writing in.

It is important to know why you got Mantoux test done and any underlying clinical problems. Though very commonly used by physicians worldwide its interpretation always remains difficult and controversial. Various factors like age, immunological status coexisting illness etc influence its outcome, so also its interpretation. Utmost care is required while interpreting the result and giving an opinion. False-positive result may be caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria or previous administration of BCG vaccine. Prior vaccination with BCG may result in a false-positive result for many years later. Please discuss with a pulmonologist before starting medications for TB.
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