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MTB misdiagnosis
Jun 14, 2001

I wonder if you will print and answer this. A friend of mine was misdiagnosed with TB and treated-ending up on a respirator and dying.She never indulged in drugs and was a virgin.. but.. during her 3rd day of treatment was tested for HIV- which returned +. The final diagnosis upon autopsy was that she had emphysema-which never showed on the x-rays.Could all the meds for the so called TB- have cause a + result for HIV (1)- early stages?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

TB medications cannot cause a positive HIV test. Something about this story doesn't ring true-- people don't have emphysema severe enough to die from with a normal chest X-ray. There are some essential facts which are missing here in order to make sense of these events.


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