Who Is Susceptible to NTM?
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Has the rate of NTM diagnosis increased in your practice in recent years?
What to look for
Symptoms of pulmonary infections caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria
If you observe these symptoms in patients who have a pre-existing structural lung disease, then consider of a possible infection with NTM.
Depending on the type of pathogen, a patient with a pulmonary NTM infection will often exhibit some or all of the following symptoms 4, 9, 12
This may be persistent or periodic and can be productive or non-productive. In some cases, coughing up blood (haemoptysis) may also occur.
Night sweats and fever
The patient frequently develops a slight fever as opposed to a severe and debilitating fever, as may occur with a cold or other illness. The sensation of feverishness and sweating is more prominent at night.
It is not uncommon for patients to lose weight for no obvious reason.
Many patients note a variable but often profound sense of fatigue.
Shortness of breath
Patients may be short of breath and perceive a decrease in their lung capacity.