Pulmonary disease by non-tuberculous mycobacteria - clinical management, unmet needs and future perspectives
SourceExpert Review of Respiratory Medicine, 11, 12, (2017), pp. 977-989
Article / Letter to editor
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Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
SubjectRadboudumc 4: lnfectious Diseases and Global Health RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
INTRODUCTION: The number of patients with pulmonary disease caused by non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is increasing globally. Poor resistance against infections, for example, due to pre-existing lung diseases, immune deficiency and immune-modulating treatment, predisposes the population to developing pulmonary NTM disease. The incidence of pre-existing lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bronchiectasis has also increased. NTM disease diagnosis is often delayed due to non-specific symptoms. The therapeutic arsenal is limited and adherence to treatment guidelines is often low since the treatment regimens are complex, lengthy and side effects are common. Thus, current disease management is far from satisfactory and needs to be improved. Areas covered: This review provides an overview of the current knowledge of NTM infections and includes pathogenesis, disease patterns, epidemiology, disease management, unmet needs and future perspectives. Expert commentary: NTM disease is becoming more prevalent, in part with our increased awareness and improved diagnostic methods. However, our understanding of the disease pathogenesis is limited and treatment decisions are challenging, with difficult to employ drug regimens. Optimal management requires collaboration between healthcare providers, patients and expert centers.
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