Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)
For most people with CF, bacterial infections in the lungs are common. You probably know the names of the usual suspects found in CF lungs, such as “staph” (Staphylococcus aureus) or “Pseudomonas” (Pseudomonas aeruginosa).
But some people with CF have lung infections caused by a different type of bacteria. They are in the same family of bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), but they are not TB. This group of bacteria is referred to as nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM).
NTM lung disease is not new, but it may be causing more infections in people with CF.
This section provides some key information about how NTM may affect you, how it is diagnosed and how, when needed, it is treated. Click on any of the basics below for more information.
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Thank you to Jerry Nick, M.D. at the National Jewish Medical & Research Center, Denver CF Care Center and Stacey L. Martiniano, M.D. at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver CF Center for writing this article.