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When will I need surgery for nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease (NTM)?

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Your doctor might recommend surgery to remove damaged tissue. It can help you breathe more easily. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits.

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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