Tuberculin use while Breastfeeding
Drugs containing Tuberculin: Tubersol, Aplisol, Tuberculin Tine Test, Aplitest, Mono-Vacc Test (OT), 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.
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. However, other investigators have found no evidence of breastmilk transfer of immunity.
Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk
Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
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2. Schlesinger JJ, Covelli HD. Evidence for transmission of lymphocyte responses to tuberculin by breast-feeding. Lancet. 1977;2:529-32. PMID: 95733
3. Masters PL. Maternal transmission of skin sensitivity to tuberculin. Lancet. 1982;2:276-7. PMID: 6124704
4. Keller MA, Rodgriguez AL, Alvarez S et al. Transfer of tuberculin immunity from mother to infant. Pediatr Res.1987;22:277-81. PMID: 3658548
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