Mantoux test and its interpretation

Indian Dermatol Online J. 2012 Jan;3(1):2-6. doi: 10.4103/2229-5178.93479.


The tuberculin skin test is one of the few investigations dating from the 19(th) century that are still widely used as an important test for diagnosing tuberculosis. Though very commonly used by physicians worldwide its interpretation always remains difficult and controversial. Various factors like age, immunological status coexisting illness etc influence its outcome, so also its interpretation. Utmost care is required while interpreting the result and giving an opinion. This article has been written with the purpose of elucidating the performance and interpretation of the standard tuberculin test.

Keywords: Interpretation; Mantoux test; tuberculosis.