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Volume 26, Number 5—May 2020

Species Distribution and Isolation Frequency of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria, Uruguay

Gonzalo GreifComments to Author , Cecilia Coitinho, Jakko van Ingen, and Carlos Robello
Author affiliations: Institut Pasteur Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay (G. Greif, C. Robello); Comisión Honoraria de Lucha Anti-Tuberculosa y Enfermedades Prevalentes, Montevideo (C. Coitinho); Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (J. van Ingen); Universidad de la República, Montevideo (C. Robello)

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Table 1

Specimen sources for isolation of nontuberculous mycobacteria, Uruguay*

Specimen source No. (%)
Sputum 170 (66.6)
Bronchoalveolar lavage 18 (7.0)
Bronchoalveolar secretions† 8 (3.1)
Lung biopsy 6 (2.3)
Pleural fluid 3 (1.2)
Ear, nose, throat aspirate 2 (0.8)
Puncture fluid 3 (1.2)
210 (82.3)
Blood culture 15 (5.9)
Myelocyte culture 9 (3.5)
Skin or soft tissue abscess 4 (1.6)
Urine 1 (0.4)
Feces 2 (0.8)
Gastric lavage 1 (0.4)
Ganglion biopsy 3 (1.2)
Ascites fluid 3 (1.2)
38 (14.9)
Multiple isolation sources‡ 3 (1.2)
Missing data
4 (1.6)
*The data include isolates from the same patient over time.
†Includes tracheal aspirations.
‡Includes pulmonary and nonpulmonary samples of the same patient.

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