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Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare Contagious
Complex: M. Avium- intracellulare (mac) infections can result in lung and other organ damage, depending on the severity of immunodeficiency. In people with an intact immune system, mac infection is a slow process and can take years before therapy is initiated (2 or 3 antibiotics- e.g. Ethambutol, cipro, (ciprofloxacin) and rifabutin). Therapy can last a minimum of 12 months if a lung infection is involved.See 1 more doctor answer
What is the most common with aids patients -- mycobacterium avium-complex or mycobacterium tuberculosis?
Both are common: Most of the mai cases occur with low cd4 counts. Tb not necessarily.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Not really: This bug is everywhere in our environment and only people with immune problems typically are affected/See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Cell wall: The complex lipids in the cell wall produce the staining.See 1 more doctor answer
Complex: Mtb is acquired thru respiratory route and replicates in the lung before asymptomatically disseminates to other organs. After about 6-8 weeks, the immune system starts to respond to the bug, walling the bacilli off in granulomas. Other than a positive skin test, 90% of people stay well. Of the rest, half will "reactivate" within 2 yrs and the others later sometimes due to immune suppression.
It depends: On whether the individual has underlying diseases that might make the infection worse or affect mortality as well.See 1 more doctor answer
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