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When can latent TB become active?

"After exposure to Mycobacterium tuberculosis, approximately 30 per cent of persons are thought to develop latent tuberculosis infection, as diagnosed based on a positive tuberculin skin test (TST). Around five to 10 percent of healthy (immunocompetent) persons with a positive TST will progress from LTBI to active tuberculosis disease (referred to as reactivation) in their lifetime. People who have diabetes, HIV, on immunosuppressive therapy, and chronic organ diseases are more prone to develop active tuberculosis from latent infection,” Dr. Arun Chowdary Kotaru, Consultant, Respiratory/ Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine at Artemis Hospitals Gurgaon, tells ABP Live.

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Format: Sciences
Online Publication: ABP Live
Date: 24/03/2023
Inputs Shared By: Dr. Arun Chowdary Kotaru, Consultant, Respiratory/ Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine at Artemis Hospitals, Gurgaon.

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