Nontuberculous mycobacterial infection in the differential diagnosis of chronic cough

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Patients presenting with chronic coughs are seen frequently by allergists/immunologists. When the usual diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers do not control symptoms, it is worthwhile to consider whether a non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infection might be playing a role in the pathogenesis of the coughing. Sputum culture should be considered along with a pulmonary computerized axial tomography scan. NTM infection should be added to the differential diagnosis list for patients with chronic coughs unresponsive to conventional therapy

Keywords: Allergists; chronic cough; diagnostic; differential diagnosis; infection; non–tuberculous mycobacterial; pathogenesis; pulmonary; symptoms; therapeutic

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, New York

Publication date: May 1, 2008

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

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    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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