Immigration Medical-TB

Old May 1st 2006, 7:58 pm
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Default Immigration Medical-TB

My husband and I are currently going through the Green Card process.
During the medical exam I was told that my skin test for TB is
positive. It's not surprising since I had BCG vaccination as a kid.
Then I had a chest x-ray which came out negative.

Based on these the pulmonary specialist says that I have "latent TB"
meaning that the bacteria are walled off somewhere - with a 10% chance
lifetime of creating active TB .And he recommends that I take isonizad
for 6 months.

I don't want to use the medication since it has several side effects
and I have no signs of TB.

I am gathering information on the Net about this but would be grateful
for any informed opinions. Has anyone else faced this problem? How
should I proceed?
Any recommendations for a pulmonary specialist around CT, NY area?


Thanks for any explanations or advice.
 
Old May 2nd 2006, 8:13 pm
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Default Re: Immigration Medical-TB

Originally Posted by Iren
My husband and I are currently going through the Green Card process.
During the medical exam I was told that my skin test for TB is
positive. It's not surprising since I had BCG vaccination as a kid.
Then I had a chest x-ray which came out negative.

Based on these the pulmonary specialist says that I have "latent TB"
meaning that the bacteria are walled off somewhere - with a 10% chance
lifetime of creating active TB .And he recommends that I take isonizad
for 6 months.

I don't want to use the medication since it has several side effects
and I have no signs of TB.

I am gathering information on the Net about this but would be grateful
for any informed opinions. Has anyone else faced this problem? How
should I proceed?
Any recommendations for a pulmonary specialist around CT, NY area?


Thanks for any explanations or advice.
Hi All. I've made a couple of posts in the past but not formally introduced myself. I live in MA, having moved from the UK on an L1 with my wife just over a year ago. We're both enjoying life over here so far but missing all the usual stuff from back home (i.e. proper beer, proper curry, chips etc.!)

Anyway - back on topic. We're currently going through the GC process and I find myself in the exact same position as the OP. Any guidance/experience on this would be gratefully appreciated! (I'd rather not go through the hassle of popping non-essential drugs if I can possibly help it!)
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