The protocol for Remicade requires a TB skin test (or chest x-ray if you've ever had a positive skin test) prior to starting the infusions and yearly thereafter. I hope all of our doctors are following that protocol. Traci, it sounds like your doctor is being proactive, and that's a great thing.
Note: if you were born in or lived for significant parts of your life in certain countries, you may have received the BCG vaccine against TB. If you did, your skin test will be positive even though you don't have dormant TB. In that case, a chest x-ray would be done.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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