Nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung diseases are rare infections of the lung. NTM are found in air, water, and soil. The term nontuberculous refers to the fact that unlike other types of Mycobacteria such as M. tuberculosis, these bacteria do not cause tuberculosis. The most common type of NTM lung infection in the United States is due to the group of bacteria in the M. avium complex (MAC).
Signs and symptoms of NTM lung disease depend on the severity of the infection. Symptoms and signs can include
Causes of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) cause nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease.
Other nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease symptoms
- Appetite Loss
- Chest Pain
- Night Sweats
- Shortness of Breath
- Weight Loss
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