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What questions should you ask your doctor about your nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease?

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NTM lung disease is a type of bacterial lung infection. You can ask your doctor:

  • Which strain of bacteria caused my infection? Your exact infection can help the doctor choose the best treatments.
  • Where could I have picked up this infection so I can avoid these sites in the future?
  • Could I get infected again after my treatment is over? Yes. Find out what you can do to prevent it.
  • Are my symptoms normal? This disease affects each person in a different way.
  • How often will I need to come in for tests? Your doctor can give you a schedule for tests like sputum cultures, which show how well your treatments are working. You may also need regular blood tests or CT scans to take detailed pictures of your lungs.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating NTM Pulmonary Disease,” “Learn About Nontuberculous Mycobacteria,” “Living With NTM,” “Questions to Ask Your Doctor About NTM Pulmonary Disease.”

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Managing Your Treatment.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease.”

Northern Territory Government of Australia: “Nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease.”

Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases : “Diagnosis and Treatment of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease: Clinicians’ Perspectives.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 02, 2017

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating NTM Pulmonary Disease,” “Learn About Nontuberculous Mycobacteria,” “Living With NTM,” “Questions to Ask Your Doctor About NTM Pulmonary Disease.”

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Managing Your Treatment.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease.”

Northern Territory Government of Australia: “Nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease.”

Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases : “Diagnosis and Treatment of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease: Clinicians’ Perspectives.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on June 02, 2017

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