nontuberculous mycobacterium


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

nontuberculous mycobacterium

Any mycobacteria that does not cause TB, which is not usually spread from person to person–eg, M avium-intracellulare complex, M kansasii, M marinum, M ulcerans, and others, which may respond to IFN-γ therapy
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

nontuberculous Mycobacterium

Abbreviation: NTM
Any mycobacterium that does not cause tuberculosis. There are four main classes. Three of these groups grow more slowly than M. tuberculosis and one group grows more rapidly. These organisms may cause various skin, lung, or other conditions or they may be harmless.
See also: Mycobacterium
Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners
References in periodicals archive ?
Interim guide for the identification of possible cases of nontuberculous mycobacterium infections associated with exposure to heater-cooler units.
The relative frequency of different nontuberculous Mycobacterium isolates remained constant.
Changes in microbiological methods and the number of samples submitted annually did not account for the increases in pulmonary nontuberculous Mycobacterium isolation (13).
genavense is a slow-growing, nontuberculous mycobacterium that infects immunocompromised hosts (4).
Extrapulmonary infection with this nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) has been reported (1).We report 2 cases of pulmonary infection with this NTM.
Infection due to nontuberculous Mycobacterium other than MAC in AIDS patients at Siriraj Hospital during 1998-2000: saphophyte vs pathogen.
To the Editor: The incidence of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) lymphadenitis appears to be rising, likely because of improved diagnostic techniques.
Treatment recommendations for nontuberculous mycobacterial lymphadenitis are outlined in discussions of individual nontuberculous mycobacterium species.
The slow-growing Mycobacterium genavense is a ubiquitous nontuberculous mycobacterium; it is reportedly isolated from tap water, pets, and the gastrointestinal tract of healthy humans (1,2).
neoaurum-like RGM, and a pigmented unidentified nontuberculous mycobacterium (Table).