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Tuberculin use while Breastfeeding

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 19, 2022.

Drugs containing Tuberculin: Tubersol, Aplisol, Aplitest, Mono-Vacc Test (OT), Tuberculin Tine Test, Sclavo Test-PPD

Tuberculin Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

There is no reason to withhold breastfeeding after tuberculosis skin testing or to avoid skin testing in nursing mothers.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

There is some evidence that breastfed infants can acquire immune responsiveness to tuberculin via breastmilk.[1][2][3] However, other investigators have found no evidence of breastmilk transfer of immunity.[4]

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


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Schlesinger JJ, Covelli HD. Evidence for transmission of lymphocyte responses to tuberculin by breast-feeding. Lancet. 1977;2:529-32. [PubMed: 95733]
Masters PL. Maternal transmission of skin sensitivity to tuberculin. Lancet. 1982;2:276-7. [PubMed: 6124704]
Keller MA, Rodgriguez AL, Alvarez S et al. Transfer of tuberculin immunity from mother to infant. Pediatr Res.1987;22:277-81. [PubMed: 3658548]

Substance Identification

Substance Name


CAS Registry Number


Drug Class

  • Breast Feeding
  • Lactation
  • Antigens
  • Purified Protein Derivative

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