Nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease caused by Mycobacterium terrae in a patient with bronchiectasis

Won Jung Koh, Go Eun Choi, Nam Yong Lee, Sung Jae Shin

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We report a rare case of lung disease caused by Mycobacterium terrae in a previously healthy woman. A 45-year-old woman was referred to our hospital due to a chronic cough with sputum. A computed tomography scan of the chest revealed bronchiolitis in conjuction with bronchiectasis in both lungs. Nontuberculous mycobacteria were identified and isolated from the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid collected from each lung. All isolates were identified as M. ternie by various molecular methods that characterized the rpoB and hsp65 gene sequences. Antibiotic therapy using clarithromycin, rifampin, and ethambutol improved the patient's condition and successfully resulted in sputum conversion. Copyright

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-176
Number of pages4
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb 29


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases

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