The tuberculin tine test is used to determine whether someone has been infected with the bacteria that causes tuberculosis. However, the test is rarely used because other tests are more accurate.
How the test is performed
This test uses a tiny spiked instrument to inject a small amount of the tuberculosis
Note: Another test, called the
How to prepare for the test
There is no special preparation. People with
How the test will feel
Some people feel a slight stinging sensation when the instrument is inserted under the skin. After the test, the area may
Why the test is performed
This test helps determine if you have ever been exposed to, or infected with
When this test is performed, the T-cells against tuberculosis will produce a positive test result.
Review Date: 11/01/2009
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.