Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

What are the Symptoms of Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Infections?

Symptoms can be similar to other lung infections. Symptoms may develop slowly and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough (and coughing up blood)
  • Weight loss/loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats

How are Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Infections Diagnosed?

Your doctor will begin with a complete physical exam and medical history, followed by tests, which might include:

  • CT (CAT) scan of your chest (to give a detailed picture of your lungs)
  • Lab tests
  • Bronchoscopy (to give a view from inside your airways)

How are Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Infections Treated?

Nontuberculous mycobacteria infections are treated with very strong antibiotics. Treatment may last a full year or two. The antibiotics used can cause severe side effects, so doctors carefully monitor patients being treated for nontuberculous mycobacteria infections.

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