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Doctor insights on: Mycobacterium Abscessus Lungs

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What is the best way to treat mycobacterium abscessus?

What is the best way to treat mycobacterium abscessus?

M. abscessus: Mycobacterium abscessus complex is a group of rapidly growing, multidrug-resistant, nontuberculous mycobacteria. They can cause a whole range of skin and soft tissue diseases, central nervous system infections, bacteremia, and ocular and other infections. Some of the drugs used include clarithromycin, amikacin, and cefoxitin. However treatment really is best coordinated by an ID doc who knows. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Is "mycobacterium tuberculosis " can cause kyphosis or scoliosis directly (without affecting the lungs)?!

Is "mycobacterium tuberculosis " can cause kyphosis or scoliosis directly (without affecting the lungs)?!

Yes: It is possible to get tuberculosis of the spine which can cause significant damage and deformity. However, it usually has pain along with the infection. The TB germs may enter the body through the lungs but then be controlled there but circulate and cause their major damage outside the lungs sometime later. ...Read more

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Why is non TB mycobacterium occur again when a surgery on the left lung is done, now its on the right started medicine.?

Why is non TB mycobacterium occur again when a surgery on the left lung is done, now its on the right started medicine.?

Needs abx: Imagine the lung as a sponge filled with air in which the pipes comunicate with each other; the non-mtb travels from one piece of the lung to other. Surgery is for the most affected lung but you need antibiotics as well. ...Read more

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Can healthy people get MAC Mycobacterium pneumonia? After 10 days oral and IV antibiitic chest X-ray still Shows pneumonia. Better but still there. Mac?

Can healthy people get MAC Mycobacterium pneumonia? After 10 days oral and IV antibiitic chest X-ray still Shows pneumonia. Better but still there. Mac?

Mgt: Radiographic resolution does lag behind clinical improvement. A virtual consult may be helpful and you can upload your imaging and records. Are you experiencing symptoms? ...Read more

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How does mycobacterium leprae spread?

How does mycobacterium leprae spread?

Leprosy: About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by lengthy & close contact with nasal droplets from an infected person. Armadillos serve as a vector for Leprosy in the US. ...Read more

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How do mycobacterium TB grow?

How do mycobacterium TB grow?

MYCOBACTERIUM TB: Acid -fast bacilli are slow growing aerobic, commonly found in the lungs. It is a chronic progressive infection transmitted by inhalation of droplets of the baclli. ...Read more

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Is mycobacterium avium contagious?

Is mycobacterium avium contagious?

M. Avium: Non- tuberculous mycobacterium such as avium and many other mycobacterial species are not transmitted from person to person ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mycobacterium tuberculosis?

What are the symptoms of mycobacterium tuberculosis?

Depends on where: But the most common site for tuberculosis is the lung and symptoms include fever, cough, night sweats and weight loss. ...Read more

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Mycobacterium intracellulare infection, am I contagious?

Mycobacterium intracellulare infection, am I contagious?

Many mycobacteria: There are >200 species of mycobacteria. We worry about mycobacterium tuberculosis because it can be transmitted between people. Atypical mycobacterium, like mai, are not contageous. These are in our h2o supply ; we drink/inhale them. Most are problematic in people w/lung diseases (copd/cystic fibrosis) or those who are immunocompromised (hiv/transplant patients). In normal hosts usually no worry. ...Read more

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Is Mycobacterium Chelonae contagious from human to human?

Not really: This bug is everywhere in our environment and only people with immune problems typically are affected/ ...Read more

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What is mycobacterium terrae?

What is mycobacterium terrae?

M. terrae complex: Is a group of three similar mycobacteria that can cause aggressive, usually soft tissue infection even on people with normal immune systems. ...Read more

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What is the lifespan of mycobacterium leprae?

What is the lifespan of mycobacterium leprae?

Long: Untreated, hansen's disease lasts from many decades with symptoms depending on the type of disease (lepromatous, tuberculous, borderline). ...Read more

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What to do about mycobacterium intracellular (not avium)?

What to do about mycobacterium intracellular (not avium)?

Mycobacteria: Mycobacterium intracellulare is something of a difficult bacterium to treat. Depending on the site of infection, you either need an Infectious Diseases specialist or a lung specialist. Sometimes you need both! Usually this germ attacks those that are weakened - either by disease (cancer, AIDS) or some structural problem - such as damaged airways from smoking. There is good treatment, though. ...Read more

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How can I culture mycobacterium tuberculosis?

How can I culture mycobacterium tuberculosis?

You don't: The lab does, on special media. If you try it yourself, and you actually have somebody with active TB to grow it from, you'll generate a mass of nasty bacteria and if you don't know exactly what you are doing, you can make everybody around you very sick. ...Read more

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What is mycobacterium kansasii not mycobacterium tb?

What is mycobacterium kansasii not mycobacterium tb?

A diffeent bacteria: A diffeent mycobacterias causes problems in people that has prior damage on the lung...Bronchiectasis copd, etc but also in persons whose immune system is weak. ...Read more

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Life expectancy with atypical mycobacterium kansasii?

Life expectancy with atypical mycobacterium kansasii?

It depends: On whether the individual has underlying diseases that might make the infection worse or affect mortality as well. ...Read more

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How does mycobacterium tuberculosis attack and spread?

How does mycobacterium tuberculosis attack and spread?

Tb Infection: How does mycobacterium tuberculosis attack and spread?
Usually by droplet transmission through the air. Cough, fatigue and being in an area with Tb carriers or in a high risk environment where you come in contact with infected people. ...Read more