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Screening CXRs for tuberculosis
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200828 tn?1209921575
Screening CXRs for tuberculosis
My internist performs screening chest x-rays.  I understand that it is not recommended for the screening of lung cancer.  However, my internist says that he performs it for the early detection of tuberculosis.  He said that many people are exposed to foreigners (especially in L.A.) who are infected.  They go many years not knowing they have TB until it's too late.  Do you agree with this?
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248663 tn?1198086695
No.  Routine chest x-rays for screening for TB in individuals without a specific contact history and/or symptoms is not recommended.
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