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Clinical Syndromes and Diagnosis of Nontuberculous (“Atypical”) Mycobacterial Infection

  • Henry YeagerJr.


Bacteriologists knew for decades that there were “atypical,” tuberculosis-like organisms occasionally isolated from the body fluids of patients, but the conventional wisdom was that these organisms were saprophytic and not pathogenic for humans (1,2). It was only in the mid-1950’s, with the development of effective chemotherapy for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and with more wide-spread culturing of biologic fluids with positive acid-fast smears, that researchers finally accepted that there were persons with tuberculosis-like disease from whom no other pathogens could be isolated (3,4).


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Human Immunodeficiency Virus Patient Mycobacterial Infection Mycobacterium Avium Complex 
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