Nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease is a rare and serious disorder most commonly caused by a group of bacteria in the environment called Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC).1 Patients with NTM lung disease caused by MAC can experience a range of symptoms that often worsen over time, including chronic cough, dyspnea, fatigue, fever, weight loss, and chest pain. In some cases, the disease can cause severe, even permanent damage to the lungs, and can be fatal.
People who have underlying conditions such as bronchiectasis, COPD, and asthma are at greater risk of getting NTM lung disease.2,3,4
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