Alternate Names : TB, Phthisis
How is the infection diagnosed?
This infection can often be diagnosed with a skin test. Sometimes people with
immune problems and young children may not show positive skin test results but
they still have this infection. In these situations, coughed-up phlegm, fluid
from the stomach, or a tissue specimen from an involved organ such as a lymph
node will reveal the bacteria. Special stains are used to allow the bacteria to
be seen with a microscope. A special lab test that detects the bacteria's
genes may also be used.