Isolation of non-tuberculous mycobacteria from the sputum of patients with active tuberculosis

B. A. Kendall, C. D. Varley, K. Hedberg, P. M. Cassidy, K. L. Winthrop

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Abstract

We looked for non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) in the sputum of patients diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in Oregon in 2005-2006 (n = 141). Twenty (14%) patients had NTM isolated from sputum during TB treatment. Compared to those without NTM, TB patients with NTM were more likely to have cavitary disease (RR 2.7, 95%CI 1.2-6.0) and were more likely to be born in the United States (RR 2.4, 95%CI 1.1-5.3). Further study is needed to determine the clinical signifi cance of simultaneous isolation of NTM and TB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)654-656
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Volume14
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2010

Keywords

  • Atypical mycobacteria
  • Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare
  • Pulmonary
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases

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