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Dr. Shobitha Rao Bhat  - Pulmonologist, Mangalore

Dr. Shobitha Rao Bhat

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MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)

Pulmonologist, Mangalore

3 Years Experience  ·  200 at clinic  ·  ₹200 online
Dr. Shobitha Rao Bhat 91% (56 ratings) MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy) Pulmonologist, Mangalore
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Practicing at Mangalore Allergen center, Dr. Shobitha Rao Bhat is a pulmonologist and she has over 3 years of experience in the field. In her own words, the dedication and the concerns of the patient come first for Dr. Shobitha Rao Bhat. She holds an MD - Pulmonary medicine and a DAA(Allergy) from the prestigious CMC Vellore. Her specialty includes Treatment of Bronchiectasis, Treatment of Idiopathic, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Treatment of Asthma, Treatment of Genital Injury, Treatment of Pneumonia, Treatment of Lung Fibrosis, Treatment of Pleural Disease, Sleep Medicine, Treatment of SARS. She also specializes in the treatment of tuberculosis. Residing at Mangalore, she is also a member of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), Indian Medical Association (IMA), Indian Chest Society and the Association of Medical Consultants. Pulmonology is a specific branch that requires a special skill set and professionals. With her experience and dedication, Dr. Shobitha Rao Bhat's knowledge in her chosen field has always been admired upon by her peers She has consistently garnered positive ratings and she is well versed in Kannada and English. An appointment with her can be easily booked online

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MD - Pulmonary Medicine - Kasturba Medical College - Manipal - 2014
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COPD Exacerbations - 5 Ways To Prevent It!

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
COPD Exacerbations - 5 Ways To Prevent It!

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is generally used to describe a broad category of diseases. These include chronic bronchitis as well as emphysema. All of these diseases, however, can be prevented from getting worse by taking similar measures as the causes of these diseases are very similar.

Here are the ways to prevent COPD exacerbations:

  1. Cleanliness: It is crucial that you do not allow infections to set in. Infections are probably the worst type of exacerbation possible in COPD. All you need to do to prevent infection is to take a little care to ensure good hygiene. Wash your hands often and do not allow people with colds or flu to come close to you.
  2. Take vaccines: Make sure your flu and pneumonia shots have not been missed.
  3. Take medicines: It is crucial that medicines for your lungs are taken on schedule, if you have COPD. The possible medicines which you could take if your doctor prescribes it includes inhaled beta-agonists, steroids and anticholinergics.
  4. Spirometry: Doctors often recommend the use of the portable Spirometry device, Spirometer, in case of COPD. Spirometers check the condition of the lungs by measuring various parameters to see how well the lungs are working. Spirometers can easily measure FEV1, a parameter which measures how much air can you blow out in one second. This is especially great if you do not know whether your condition has exacerbated or not.
  5. Corticosteroid: It is another type of medicine used, which can prevent COPD exacerbations. In its place, even inhaled beta-agonists or anticholinergics can also be used.
  6. Stop smoking: Exposure to smoke us an important cause for COPD dosease. It also causes worsening of disease with exacerbation. Smoking cessation can be achieved by self determination, nicotine replacement therapy and certain medications.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Reasons Behind Lung Cancer!

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Reasons Behind Lung Cancer!

Lungs are the most important organ of our body that has the responsibility of taking in the oxygen and releasing out carbon dioxide. When cancer develops in it, the entire body gets imbalanced. Lung cancer leads to more death than any other type of cancer, which is why identifying the symptoms and knowing the causes are instrumental in obtaining a timely diagnosis as well as in prevention of this disease.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer

In the early stages:

  1. Persistent coughing
  2. Chest pain
  3. Bleeding
  4. Fatigue
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Sudden weight loss
  7. Headaches
  8. Coughing up blood

In the later stages:

  1. Bone pain
  2. Joint pain
  3. Facial paralysis
  4. Neck swelling
  5. Blood clotting
  6. Weakness
  7. Sever chest pain

Causes of Lung Cancer

Smoking: People who smoke are more prone to lung cancer. With the increase in the number of cigarettes you smoke, your chances of getting lung cancer increase too. People who don't smoke but are surrounded by the smokers also have high chances of being affected by this form of cancer.

Exposure to Asbestos: Asbestos is a group of mineral, which is present naturally in the environment. Lung cancer can occur due to the inhalation and ingestion of asbestos fibers.

Exposure to Ranon Gas: Ranon is a radioactive gas, which is formed naturally on decaying of radioactive elements. It is found in low levels in the air that we breathe and the water that we drink. Consumption of air and water having this gas leads to lung cancer.

High Levels of Air Pollution: Presence of high levels of dust particles and pollutants in the air that we breathe can cause lung cancer. 1-2% of lung cancer is caused because of it.

High Levels of Arsenic in Drinking Water: Consuming water with arsenic content is harmful. Some studies suggest that it is associated with increased risk of lung cancer.

Exposure to Chemicals: Exposure to certain chemicals like uranium, coal products, gasoline, diesel exhaust and mustard gas can also cause lung cancer.

Family History of Lung Cancer: Chances of getting lung cancer increase if your parents, child or siblings are already prone to lung cancer. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Pulmonologist.

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I have a snoring problem. It happens the moment I go in deep sleep. The mouth remains closed but breathing is so loud that it makes snoring sound, sometimes very loud. Is there any medication with this can be cured? I google on internet and found being fat as one of the cause, I'm 73 kgs and working on reducing the weight.

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Hi Lybrate user, Being obese and having short neck are risk factors for snoring. Snoring happens because of blockage of upper airway. In fat people the upper airway is already narrow and it worsens during sleep. No tablets are available to reduce anoring. Weight reduction is important means of correcting snoring. There are some tongue exercises that can be tried.
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Hi! My friend suffered from mdr tuberculosis and is in 4th month of his treatment. His 3rd month sputum culture result is still pending as the microscopic center machine is not working and they do not accept results outside dots center. So will their be any problem if he do not get the 3rd month sputum test and test for the 4th month sputum. Also is their any fixed timing when he should take the medicine after or before food. He is now taking medicine at night.

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Hi Lybrate user It is always better to do sputum test at 3rd and 4th month because if he is negative you will be assured the medicines are working. However it is the 5th month culture which will decide when the injection is to be stopped. IF You cannot do it one center, you can give it elsewhere.
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Ways To Treat Pulmonary Hypertension!

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Ways To Treat Pulmonary Hypertension!

Having heard about getting any sort of pulmonary disease might give you a nightmare. Well, yes there are pulmonary problems, which are dangerous and become life threatening. Pulmonary hypertension is one such rare disease. It is a type of high blood pressure, which usually occurs in the pulmonary arteries that stream from human heart through lungs. The arteries become narrowed, constricted, which makes the flow of blood difficult through the vessels. As the situation occurs, the heart will have to work more to fix the situation. This causes high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries. If the condition deteriorates the pressure increases along with risk factors. 

Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension: 

There are certain symptoms, which people experience under the pulmonary hypertension disease. The symptoms might get unnoticed for years and you might get delayed in treating such problems. This article can help you know about the disease, symptoms and its treatment. 

There is a list of symptoms, which can help you understand if you have pulmonary hypertension:

  • One of the major symptoms that you may notice is shortness of breath. The arteries and blood vessels which help in flowing blood through lungs help in breathing too. So a narrowed and constricted artery makes the inhalation and exhalation procedure laborious.
  • The next symptom that you might notice is fatigue and dizziness. If your lungs are not getting enough blood that means your brain and body are not getting enough oxygen to work. This hinders your body to perform any kind of activities smoothly. This can make you gain weight and increase several risk factors. 
  • Next, you might feel irregular heartbeat and chest pain. Increased pressure makes the heart work faster than its normal rate. This further makes the heart muscles weaker, and it is not able to control the heartbeat as it used to. 

Treatment of pulmonary hypertension: 

  • Pulmonary hypertension is generally treated with medication and surgery. Depending on its severity, your doctor will prescribe the medicines. Generally, doctors prescribe such medicines, which help in relaxing the blood vessels. The relaxed blood vessels can regulate blood flow easily. All the medicines are generally taken orally or injected or inhaled. 
  • If you adopt a severe case of pulmonary hypertension, then your doctor might suggest you a lung transplant or a heart-lung transplant. 
  • Depending upon the type of pulmonary hypertension, your doctor may prescribe you blood-thinning medicines also, if you have blood clots in your arteries. 
  • In a certain cases, doctors prescribe oxygen therapy, which helps in increasing the oxygen level in blood.
  • With the above mentioned methods, doctors ask for a change in lifestyle, which is important in treating the specific disease. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Pulmonologist.
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Hi what is the symptoms of chronic tuberculosis and I am suffering from mild fever which medicine should I take.

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Hi what is the symptoms of chronic tuberculosis and I am suffering from mild fever which medicine should I take.
Hi Lybrate user, Symptoms of chronic TB include low grade fever especially in evening, night sweats, loss of appetite, loss of weight. Along with this you can have symptom specific to organ like cough, chest pain, blood in sputum if it is lung TB. Pain abdomen, vomiting if Abdomen TB and so on. You can take symptomatic therapy for fever during the episode with paracetamol. But self medication for fever is not advisable and it is better to meet a doctor to check as to why you have fever.
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Hi, I have been taking a effective TB medicine of as diagnosed by Dr. What protection should I follow not to spread bacteria to others. After how long bacterias are deactivated after TB medicine started. I have a small kids at home.

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Hi Lybrate user -you need to cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing with tissue paper or kerchief. -the tissue and kerchief should be appropriately discarded. -avoid spitting phlegm here and there. You should spit it into sputum cups only and these cups should be disinfected. - keep windows of your room and house open so that there is good ventilation at home. #Remember TB spreads by cough droplet. It will not spread by sharing clothes or other means. #The infectivity decreases significantly in 2 to 3 weeks after TB treatment is taken.
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Could you please tell me about the test to detect the latent and active Tuberculosis in body.

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Hi Lybrate user for latent TB tests are Mantoux (a skin test) and interferon gamma assay (blood test). For active Tb the suspected organ I'd important. Assuming it is lung because that is the most common site the tests are chest x ray And sputum test. Sometonds CT scan or biopsy may be required.
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For treatment of COPD inhalers are generally administered. Over a period of time, does the use of inhalers has any adverse effect on liver?

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
For treatment of COPD inhalers are generally administered. Over a period of time, does the use of inhalers has any ad...
Hi Lybrate-user, Inhalers do not have any adverse effect on liver. Some inhalers have steroids in them. These may cauSe some adverse effect in very high dose. However In most cases inhalers are safe even in long term.
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Some doctors do not recommend a combination of Formonide 400 and Onbreeze for COPD patients. What is the reason and if this is not the recommended combination of drugs then what is?

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Some doctors do not recommend a combination of Formonide 400 and Onbreeze for COPD patients. What is the reason and i...
Hi Lybrate-user, There is difference of opinion in managing COPD. This is due to changing guidelines for managing the same. However one thing that is definitely known is that in treating COPD we need to use a class of inhaled medicine called anticholinergics. This medicine is missing in the combination that you describe. Hence it is Not the recommended combination. So you need to use inhaler with the recommended class of drug. There are many such recommended inhalers in market.
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Pulmonary Fibrosis - Symptoms And Causes

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Pulmonary Fibrosis - Symptoms And Causes

One of the essential chemical processes within the human body is that of the oxygenation of the blood. This needs to be done to carry oxygen to the various vital organs and also continue with many of the essential functions within the body. There are few causes for lung fibrosis. When no cause is found it is called idiopathic fibrosis.

The lungs are responsible for transferring oxygen throughout the body, and the malfunctioning of lungs may cause many issues with the normal functioning of the processes. A common ailment that affects the lungs is pulmonary fibrosis, also known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or scarring of the lungs.

What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?
Pulmonary fibrosis is the scarring of the tissues inside the lungs of a patient. This scarring results in the development of excess tissue, which causes the walls of the lungs to thicken, giving rise to breathing difficulties.

Some of the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis are-
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in joint and muscles
- Continuous dry coughing
- Inability to exert or take even the slightest bit of physical strain
- Lack of appetite which results in unintentional weight loss
- The rounding of finger and toe tips, which is known as clubbing
Pulmonary fibrosis has various stages and thus, it is important to detect it early or else it can put stresses on other vital organs.

Some of the causes for it are mentioned below:

  • Smoking - Cigarettes, cigars, and beedi are a leading cause of pulmonary fibrosis as they directly affect the lungs by depositing harmful chemicals and thus, cause scarring.
  • Environmental or occupational hazards - People working in a heavy glass or dust particulate environment such as in heavy industrial factories are also susceptible as they breathe in the particles, which may cause scarring.
  • Medicinal triggers - Certain medications can be a trigger due to hormonal or other physical changes and as a side effect may cause scarring of the lungs.
  • Genetic factors - Certain people are genetically predisposed to this condition if multiple members within the family have it as well.
  • Acid reflux diseases - Certain acid reflux problems may also cause scarring when drops of stomach acids enter the lung through the esophageal tract. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Pulmonologist.
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Hi sir I am just 21 year old male. I am suffering of short breathing problem specially about from 1 year. When I inhaling deep then my upper abdomen feel like pain. I am feeling then very bad.

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Hi sir I am just 21 year old male. I am suffering of short breathing problem specially about from 1 year. When I inha...
Hi Lybrate-user Pain in upper abdomen with breathing problem can be a sign of gastric reflux problem. You should be regular with your food and not be empty stomach for long. You can take gastric tablet for some time and see. However in any case it is better to consult a doctor and do necessary tests, especially if symptoms don't get better with above gastric treatment.
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I feel shortness of breath from sometime. It is not regular. It is not so severe. I have gastric problem also with it. I feel I can not take deep breath mostly after meal or at night. I feel heaviness below chest.

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Hi Lybrate-user One of the causes for breathing difficulty can be Gastric problem. In such cases treatment of Gastric problem relieves breathing difficulty. You may have to take medicine for GERD like PPI or ranitidine. You also need to regularise your eating habits, avoid spicy foods. In any case it is better to get yourself checked by doctor to make sure you are not aufFeering from other causes for breathing difficulty like asthma.
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Sir, I am 21 year old and undergoing treatment for lymph node tuberculosis. At first the doctor told me that I have to take akt-4 for two months and akt-3 for four months but after seeing the tb pcr report he told me to take akt-4 for six months. I wanted to know whether this long duration of akt-4 medication can cause any serious side effects.

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Hi Lybrate-user There is no serious aide effect of taking AKT4 longer. AKT4 when compared to AKT4 has 1 extra MEDICINE. It is called pyrazinamide. This medicine can cause hepatitis in some cases and not all (liver injury but it is temporary and can be treated). Another minor problem is gout related joint pain. None of them are serious and can easily be treated.
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Hi Does protinex powder of vanilla flavour is good for TB patients. Any side effects. Please suggest.

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Hi Does protinex powder of vanilla flavour is good for TB patients. Any side effects. Please suggest.
Hi Lybrate-user TB patients usually need proteins and calories to build up immunity and improvement in weight. Protein powders do not usually have major side effects. It may sometimes cause indigestion and gas problems, dehydration if overdosed. But side effects are uncommon.
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Symptoms And Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease!

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Symptoms And Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease!

The lungs are made of tubes through, which air passes in and out for exchange of gases, taking in alveoli. It is a disease of alveoli to which finer air conducting tubes are attached. Over a period of time, with age and exposure to various agents, these tubules get obstructed. The amount of air that can pass through these is reduced, leading to reduced oxygen supply to the lungs and thereby the various body organs.

Symptoms
The symptoms of COPD can be easily understood if we realize how COPD is caused. The progressive blockage of the air tubes causes less oxygen to reach the tissues, which is the most essential agent for all tissues and organs to function. Reduced supply produces a generalized limitation in physical activity. There are two main components to COPD - chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The symptoms indicative of COPD are as follows:

  1. Chronic cough: Also referred to as smoker's cough, the cough is relentless and does not subside with regular cough treatment. This is one of the first indications of COPD.
  2. Mucus buildup: There is constant buildup of mucus which gets expelled during coughing. The person never feels completely clear of mucus, and the regular cough expectorants do not help relieve the symptoms.
  3. Fatigue associated with limited activity: As noted earlier, the reduced capacity of the organs limits their activities. Therefore, regular activities like walking short distances or climbing stairs can induce fatigue.
  4. Shortness of breath: The above fatigue is associated with shortness of breath, even with small physical exertion. A person with COPD will see marked tiredness and reduced ability to perform routine chores and feel a tightness in the chest.
  5. Wheezing: Passage of air through the obstructed air tubes produces a whistling sound or wheezing. It is more pronounced when there is mucus accumulation in the airways.

Rarely, Frequent respiratory infections, more frequent flu attacks, swelling of the feet and ankles, cardiovascular disease, weight loss, and morning headaches.

Treatment
While there is no cure for COPD, once it sets, the following are some ways to slow its progression and reduce severity of the symptoms:

  1. Bronchodilators: Dilate the air tubes and ease flow of air
  2. Corticosteroids: Help reduce inflammation and thereby improve airflow through the tubes
  3. Flu vaccination: Helps curb the frequent flu attacks
  4. Antibiotics: To contain infections
  5. Pulmonary rehabilitation: A combination of breathing exercise and patient education to improve lung function.
  6. Oxygen therapy: In very severe cases, oxygen may be required.
  7. Lifestyle changes: Eating healthy foods, preventing exposure to dust and smoke, quitting smoking, breathing exercises, bi-annual medical check-ups to monitor lung functions are essential.

Knowing that you have COPD is the first step towards managing COPD, which can be managed effectively. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a pulmonologist.

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I had a PFT and result is small airway obstruction disease. What is it? Is it curable? Is it asthma?

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
I had a PFT and result is small airway obstruction disease. What is it? Is it curable? Is it asthma?
Hi Lybrate-user Small airway obstruction may be early sign of asthma. It indicates that your lung airways are slightly narrow. As a consequence of it you may have cough and breathing difficulty. It is not serious and can easily be controlled by treatment.
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TB interferon QU is >10. Positive Tuberculosis Interferon. To kya aap mujhe bta skte h ki mujhe TB h? Or agr h toh kuch jyda serious toh nhi h?

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Hi Lybrate-user, TB quantiferon positivity does not necessarily mean you have Tuberculosis disease. It can be sign of something called latent infection where you will be positive for TB screening tests like quantiferon and mantoux but not necessarily have the disease. Whether you have TB or not depends on if you have symptoms of TB like fever, cough, loss of weight, loss of appetite, night sweats. Chest radiograph and sputum testing are required to confirm the same.
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Ye pta lgane ke liye ki muje asthma h muje kon sa test krwana pdega sir or is charges kitne note hai.

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
Ye pta lgane ke liye ki muje asthma h muje kon sa test krwana pdega sir or is charges kitne note hai.
Hi Lybrate-user Asthma is diagnosed usually clinically supported by a test called Spirometry. It is a test where you have to blow forcefully into a machine and it will test your lung capacity. However it can be normal in some cases if asthma and these cases will still have to be treated as asthma. Skin prick testing is done to diagnose allergy. Blood tests like eosinophils, serum IgE may suggest allergy but are not diagNostic. Cost varies from depending in the instrument used to test. You may have to find out from local laboratory or hospital at your place.
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My father aged 70 yrs, type 2 diabetic, diagnosed TB 2 years back n completed 8months DOTS medication, now recently 6 months he is having cold sometimes running nose oftenly in summer also. Is he prone to pneumonia type diseases due to TB factor. I heard of pneumonia vaccination available if so name, type of vaccine can be given as precautionary step. For TB routine analysis any blood test to check any symptoms or growth of any virus. Pls do give your valuable suggestions. Tanx alot.

MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
My father aged 70 yrs, type 2 diabetic, diagnosed TB 2 years back n completed 8months DOTS medication, now recently 6...
Hi Lybrate-user there are two types of vaccination available for Pneumonia in adults. Pneumococcal vaccine (type 13 and 23). This has to be given once in 5 years. Influenza virus vaccine. This has to be given Every year. There are no blood tests recommended for routine TB analysis. Though one test IGRA is used abroad for screening for TB it's use in INdia where TB prevalenc is high is questionable.
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