TB Screening Before Anti-TNF-alpha Therapy

March 2010
Travel Medicine Advisor;Mar2010, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p15
The article presents a reprint of the article "TB Screening Before Anti-TNF-alpha Therapy," by Carol A. Kemper, which appeared in the January 2010 issue of "Infectious Disease Alert." It highlights a study which postulated that tuberculin skin testing (TST) alone can cause more patients to receive unnecessary treatment for LTB1. The authors suggest that TST and Quantiferon TB Gold should be taken into consideration when screening for LTB1 in patients with inflammatory diseases.


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