Volume 18, Number 10—October 2012
Nontuberculous Mycobacteria in Household Plumbing as Possible Cause of Chronic Rhinosinusitis
|Total patients||33 (100)|
|Age range, y||25–74|
|Prior functional endoscopic sinus surgery||30 (91)|
|Nasal polyps||12 (36)|
|Primary immunodeficiency||10 (30)|
|Cystic fibrosis carrier state||1 (20)‡|
|Repeat culture NTM negative||21 (64)|
|Repeat culture NTM positive||2 (6)|
|Repeat culture not performed or lost||10 (30)|
|Symptoms improved||14 (42)|
|Symptoms unchanged||6 (18)|
|Other persistent microorganism§||1 (3)|
|Refused treatment||3 (9)|
|Currently treated||9 (27)|
*Values are no. (%) patients except as indicated. NTM, nontuberculous mycobacteria.
†No patients were known to be HIV positive; 16 were tested.
‡No patients were known to have cystic fibrosis; 5 were tested.
§Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
1These authors contributed equally to this article.