Tuberculosis Testing

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • We use state-of-the-art technology, including the latest DNA testing technology, for fast and accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis.
  • Yale Medicine is also home to important research being done on drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis affecting people across the world, especially in South Africa.
  • Our clinicians and staff are highly experienced.

Once one of the deadliest diseases in the United States, tuberculosis (TB) has been controlled over the past 50 years by antibiotics. Fewer than 10,000 U.S. cases are diagnosed each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On a global scale, TB remains the top 10 causes of death. According to the most recent statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), the disease kills nearly 2 million people each year and some develop a drug-resistant form of the disease that does not respond to standard drugs. If you have a compromised immune system, then the disease poses a genuine health threat. 

At Yale Medicine’s Laboratory Medicine department, scientists work to diagnose latent (inactive) and active tuberculosis as quickly and efficiently as possible so patients can get the best treatment to fight the disease.