NYU Langone doctors are experienced at identifying and managing nontuberculous mycobacterial infections. A type of bacteria often found in water, soil, and dust, nontuberculous mycobacteria are typically harmless. However, if you inhale the bacteria or if they enter your body through a cut or open wound, they can cause serious infections.
The lungs are the most common site of nontuberculous mycobacterial infections, but the skin may also be affected. These bacteria can also invade the lymph nodes, immune system organs that trap viruses and bacteria; and soft tissue, such as the muscles, tendons, and cartilage.
Treatment for people who have a nontuberculous mycobacterial infection may take a year or longer. Doctors prescribe medication to eradicate the infection and attempt to improve lung function. In addition to medications, our doctors also recommend therapies to clear the airways, which can help prevent more serious lung problems.
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