Epidemiology of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Pulmonary Disease (NTM PD) in the USA

  • Shelby Daniel-Wayman
  • Jennifer Adjemian
  • D. Rebecca PrevotsEmail author
Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM)


Population-based studies of pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial disease in the USA indicate increasing prevalence. Prevalence is higher among women, older populations, and persons of Asian ancestry. The most frequent species is Mycobacterium avium complex, although the proportion varies geographically, with high rates of Mycobacterium abscessus in areas including the Southeast. Both host and environmental factors modulate disease risk. Environmental risk factors include high vapor pressure and low soil pH, while host risk factors include structural lung disease, thoracic skeletal abnormalities, and immunomodulatory medications.


Epidemiology Nontuberculous mycobacteria Pulmonary disease 



This research was supported by the Intramural Research Program of the NIAID, NIH.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shelby Daniel-Wayman
    • 1
  • Jennifer Adjemian
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. Rebecca Prevots
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Epidemiology Unit, Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology, Division of Intramural ResearchNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.United States Public Health Service, Commissioned CorpsRockvilleUSA

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