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The symptoms associated with nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections depend on which part(s) of the body are involved. Pulmonary infections may cause TB-like symptoms, including:
- cough, sometimes with bloody
- Weight loss
Skin-related NTM infections may cause persistent sores, , ulcers, and that do not respond to routine antibiotics. Those affecting lymph nodes may cause inflammation in the node.
All of these symptoms may also be seen in a variety of other conditions. The diagnosis of most NTM infections depends on the positive identification of mycobacteria in body fluids or tissues.
Last Review Date: June 7, 2017