Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Week

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Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Week


What is NTM

NTM (Nontuberculous mycobacteria) are naturally occurring environmental organisms found in water and soil and can produce progressive and destructive lung disease in susceptible individuals.

How is NTM Diagnosed

Chest CT scan and sputum culture provide a detailed look at the lungs and determine what strain of mycobacteria the patient has.

Finding a Physician

As with any rare disease it's important to see a specialist. A list of physicians specializing in the treatment of NTM can be found on our website.

Support Groups

NTM lung disease is a serious illness but you do not need to deal with your illness alone. Support groups are a wonderful way to connect with others who understand and share your journey.

Traveling Tips

Travel, particularly by airplane, can become burdensome for NTM patients who deal with medications through IV or inhalation, or who require supplemental oxygen. Thankfully, there are ways to make this much easier for you, your traveling companions, and any security personnel you will deal with along the way.  — New Patient Resource

When a patient has a disease as serious as NTM, they need answers to their questions. is dedicated to educating patients about NTM lung disease. The site contains facts about NTM, patient testimonials, educational tools, and ways to connect with the NTM community. Patients can also sign up for About NTM Support to continue receiving useful information via e-mail. To learn more visit

ATS Breathing in America Book

The Breathing in America: Diseases, Progress, and Hope compilationbriefly describes respiratory diseases and the progress that is being made in the quest to find their cures.

ATS Patient Information Series — Nontuberculous Mycobacteria

The ATS Patient Information Series is a public service of the American Thoracic Society and its journal the AJRCCM ( The information appearing in this series is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for the medical advice of one's personal health care provider.