Isolation of non-tuberculous mycobacteria from the sputum of patients with active tuberculosis [Short communication]
Abstract:We looked for non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) in the sputum of patients diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in Oregon in 2005–2006 (n = 141). Twenty (14%) patients had NTM isolated from sputum during TB treatment. Compared to those without NTM, TB patients with NTM were more likely to have cavitary disease (RR 2.7, 95%CI 1.2–6.0) and were more likely to be born in the United States (RR 2.4, 95%CI 1.1–5.3). Further study is needed to determine the clinical significance of simultaneous isolation of NTM and TB.
Document Type: Short Communication
Affiliations: 1: Providence Newberg Medical Center, Newberg, Oregon, USA; and Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA 2: Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, Oregon, USA 3: Oregon Public Health Division, Department of Human Services, Portland, Oregon, USA
Publication date: 2010-05-01
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