Jacques Pouchot, MD; Anne Grasland, MD; Philippe Vinceneux, MD
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Pouchot J., Grasland A., Vinceneux P.; Reply: Tuberculin Skin Testing. Ann Intern Med. 1997;127:334. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-127-4-199708150-00022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(4):334.
Our study was designed specifically to assess the reliability of the measurement of skin induration obtained after tuberculin skin testing. We could not agree more with the recommendations of Dr. Flynn; of course, as stated in our article, the proper administration of the tuberculin skin test according to the Mantoux technique was a prerequisite of our study. It is undoubtedly essential to administer the tuberculin skin test in the proper way. Moreover, in addition to administering the test correctly and measuring the skin induration carefully, it should be emphasized that the interpretation of the tuberculin skin test result should consider the individual clinical context and the official published recommendations on tuberculosis . Again, although useful, the tuberculin skin test remains an imperfect diagnostic tool and should not replace clinical judgment.
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