Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are organisms naturally found in soil and water. In some people, the organism infects the airways and lung tissue leading to disease.
Learn about Nontuberculous Mycobacteria
NTM lung infection occurs when a person inhales the organism from their environment. Most people do not become ill but for some susceptible individuals, a slowly progressive and destructive disease can occur.Learn more
Nontuberculosis Mycobacteria Symptoms, Causes & Risk Factors
Doctors do not know why only some people develop NTM lung disease. In most cases, people who get sick from NTM have some other health condition like another lung disease or a weak immune system. The symptoms caused by NTM infection can vary from no symptoms to severe cough, fatigue, and weight loss.Learn more
Diagnosing and Treating Nontuberculosis Mycobacteria
Diagnosis of NTM lung disease is often delayed, because the symptoms are similar to other lung diseases like COPD, bronchitis or bronchiectasis. However, once NTM infection is suspected, diagnosis is not difficult.Learn more
Living With Nontuberculosis Mycobacteria
Most people with NTM lung disease experience chronic cough and fatigue. This can make you feel isolated, anxious, or depressed. Treatment is long and often has many side effects.Learn more
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Nontuberculosis Mycobacteria
Making notes before your visit, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you through the first appointment with your doctor about ntm.Learn more
This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.