Mantoux testing

Mantoux tuberculin testing is conducted to check if a person could be infected by TB bacteria.

Where can I get it done?

East Perth Medical Centre’s doctors and nurses are qualified to perform the Tuberculin Skin Test (TST). Please ring us for an appointment.

How is it done?

A small needle is used to inject a extracted protein on the lower arm. A small pale bump will appear. The person given the TST must return 2-3 days to clinic to have the TST read. The health professional with look for raised, swelling or hard area and measures the size if reaction occured. If the result was positive, then the doctor may conduct further tests. If it is read negative, then this means the person’s body did not react to the test and TB is unlikely.

What is tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis or TB spreads from person to person. A person with TB could transmit TB through couging, sneezing, laughing, speaking or being in close proximity with other people who could breath in TB bacteria into their lungs. There are two types of TB:

  1. Latent- The TB bacteria can live in the body without making the person sick. People with latent TB cannot spread it to other people and do not have any symptoms of TB. However, some people with latent TB can develop into having active TB.
  2. Active TB- Contagious and sick, people with an active TB have symptoms of fever, cough, weight loss and night sweats.

 

Reference:

CDC