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If I have black lung disease, why does my doctor recommend a TB test?

Black lung disease can leave people more susceptible to infectious diseases, including tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis is a contagious disease that may require intensive treatment. People with black lung disease should be tested annually for tuberculosis. If tuberculosis is diagnosed, treatment can be started to eliminate the tuberculosis infection and reduce the possibility of infecting others.

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How do I manage black lung disease on a daily basis?
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If you are diagnosed with the simple form of black lung disease, you can expect to live a normal lif...
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How does black lung disease affect other illnesses?
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Black lung disease is not caused by any other illness, and can only develop from long-term exposure ...
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Are there alternative treatments for black lung disease?
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Black lung disease cannot be cured by traditional or alternative medicine. Alternative treatments ar...
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What is black lung disease?
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