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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About NTM Pulmonary Disease

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.

  • Which strain of NTM do I have?
  • What will happen if I am not treated for the infection?
  • If treated, what drugs will I take and for how long?
  • What are the potential side effects of treatment? How will you monitor me?
  • Should I have surgery to remove the infected part of my lung?
  • What is my chance of cure?
  • Can I get infected again? If so, how can I prevent getting infected again?
  • Am I contagious?
  • Besides taking antibiotics, what other treatments can I take to improve my symptoms?

    This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.

    Last updated April 4, 2018.

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