Immunocompetent patients with pulmonary Mycobacterium kansasii infection: A case series and review of the literature

L. Sølling Avnon, E. Gelfer, D. Heimer

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Abstract

We describe four patients who presented with suspected symptomatic pulmonary tuberculosis but were found to suffer from Mycobacterium kansasii infection, with a clinical and radiologic pattern that was indistinguishable from that of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. We review the literature as well as the current guidelines, excluding HIV-infected patients. We point out that a patient with clinically suspected pulmonary tuberculosis found to be infected by mycobacterium other than tuberculosis (MOTT), such as M. kansasii, is not considered in the American Thoracic Society guideline for MOTT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-135
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Pulmonary Medicine
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Diagnostic criteria
  • Immunocompetent host
  • Pulmonary Mycobacterium kansasii infection
  • Smoking as risk factor
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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