Diagnosis of nontuberculous mycobacterial disease in the era of surveillance chest CT scans
The radiologic surveillance of smokers with low-dose CT scan has led to a significant surge of radiologic incidental findings, including the detection of early stages of pulmonary infections including nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). This causes a state of overdiagnosis and potential overtreatment of NTM lung disease. Here we propose a new approach to NTM pulmonary disease in the era of increased CT scanning.
KeywordsNontuberculous MAC Mycobacterial Lung disease
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All authors report no conflict of interest. Guarantor of the paper: Mehdi Mirsaeidi MD, MPH.
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