Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Clin Microbiol. 2005 Jul;43(7):3467-70.

Age-related prevalence and distribution of nontuberculous mycobacterial species among patients with cystic fibrosis.

Author information

  • 1Laboratoire de Microbiologie, Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades, Assistance Publique- Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), 75015 Paris, France.


We studied the prevalence and species distribution of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) in relation to age in 385 patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) (mean age +/- standard deviation [range], 12.0 +/- 6.1 [1 to 24] years; sex ratio, 0.53) attending three Parisian centers. The overall prevalence of NTM in sputum was 8.1% (31 out of 385). The following NTM were isolated (n = 33): Mycobacterium abscessus (n = 13, 39.4%), Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) (n = 7, 21.2%), Mycobacterium gordonae (n = 6, 18.2%), and other (n = 7, 21.2%). Sixteen patients met the American Thoracic Society microbiological criteria for NTM infection, including 11 patients positive for M. abscessus, 4 for MAC, and 1 for MAC and Mycobacterium kansasii. The overall prevalence of NTM was significantly lower in patients under 15 years old than for patients equal to or more than 15 years old (4.8 versus 14.9%, respectively; P = 0.001). M. abscessus was isolated at all ages, while MAC was not recovered before 15 years (prevalence of 0.0 and 5.2% in patients aged 1 to 14 and 15 to 24, respectively; P = 0.001).

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk