Physicians in New York Routinely Perform PPD Tests
Most NYC doctors like Dr. Gafanovich will administer PPD tests, otherwise known as Purified Protein Derivative tests or the “Mantoux Screening Test”, to their patients during routine physical exams. They can also be performed on demand.
PPD tests can be performed right here in our offices. This test is better known as a “Tuberculosis test”. It is a skin test wherein an intradermal injection of SSI tuberculin is performed on a patient, with the results of the test “read” 48-72 hours later.
Tuberculosis Tests in New York
Anyone exposed to the bacteria should mount an immune response to the area of skin affected. The size of the response will be measured in “mm” reactions. A positive result indicates TB exposure. Note, exposure does not mean that the individual has contracted TB, nor are all “positive” reactions an indication of TB, therefore the results of the test should be discussed with Dr. Gafanovich. Low risk individuals can have false positives to the PPD test.
All too often, patients “diagnose” themselves, causing undue worry, so please allow Manhattan Internist, Dr. Gafanovich to gauge the results of the test and initiate any TB discussions with you.
Call (212) 249-6218 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Marina Gafanovich, MD in her conveniently located Upper East Side office.