The diagnosis of disseminated MAC disease
also can be determined using biopsies of bone marrow, lymph node, or liver.
Most people taking medicine for MAC disease
begin to feel better within 4-6 weeks.
nonrespiratory tract) was adjusted for, patients with MAC disease
were more likely to be transplant recipients than were patients with disease caused by other NTM species (OR 7.
8) If a decision is made to observe a patient (due to minimal symptoms, a belief that the treatment seems worse than the disease, or major medical problems), lifelong monitoring of sputum specimens for acid-fast bacillus analysis as well as follow-up chest x-rays and/or CT scans are recommended, as MAC disease
will likely progress at some point.
24) reported one patient diagnosed with MAC disease
associated with a hot tub.
As a result, we expect to improve our ability to educate the physician community and people with AIDS about MAC disease
and the importance of prevention," stated Fernando da Costa, president of the Kabi Pharmacia/Farmitalia Carlo Erba U.