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"Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Diseases"

update in progress
Published: American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine ; 2007 ; 175 : 367 -416

Abstract

The minimum evaluation of a patient suspected of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease should include the following: (1) chest radiograph or, in the absence of cavitation, chest high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scan; (2) three or more sputum specimens for acid-fast bacilli (AFB) analysis; and (3) exclusion of other disorders, such as tuberculosis (TB). Clinical, radiographic, and microbiologic criteria are equally important and all must be met to make a diagnosis of NTM lung disease.

 

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