Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) Questions and Answers
is Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)?
Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM), also known as atypical Tuberculosis
(Atypical TB) or Mycobacterium other than Tuberculosis
(MOTT), is a bacteria that is found in water,
some domestic and wild animals, and soil. NTM
is a primary cause of respiratory disease in humans
and is a leading cause of death in HIV/AIDS patients.
do I diagnose a NTM infection?
Mycobacteria (NTM) can be very difficult to diagnose
and a medical professional must be able to identify
the specific type of NTM. Learn
do I treat NTM infections?
NTM infections can be extremely difficult and
may require multiple drugs. Learn
breakthrough technology does Designer Diagnostics
has developed a Nontuberculous Mycobacteria
test kits for the rapid identification of NTM
infections. The test kits are specifically designed
to be used for the rapid diagnosis of as many
as 15 strains of Mycobacteria (including Nocardia,
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, M.avium complex) from
a sputum, blood or fecal matter sample dependent
on the bacteria being examined. Learn
does NTM affect HIV/AIDS patients?
Nontuberculous Mycobacteria is considered an opportunistic disease
for those who are currently living with HIV/AIDS.
Risk for NTM infection is significantly increased
in HIV patients due to their suppressed auto-immune
do I learn more?
may learn more about NTM infections by contacting
the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) by visiting their website.