Nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease in an immunocompetent adolescent

Kin Sun Wong, Tzou Yien Lin, Yhu Chering Huang, Chih Yung Chiu

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We report a 16-year-old previously healthy boy who presented with a 6-week history of fever, anorexia, weight loss, and respiratory distress. The chest radiograph showed bilateral upper infiltrates and cavitations indistinguishable from Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. He was actually infected with M. kansasii. Treating Mycobacterium in an immunocompetent child requires multiple antimycobacterial drugs, including isoniazid, rifampicin, and ethambutol for at least 12 months after negative sputum culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)908-911
Number of pages4
JournalRespiratory Care
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Mycobacteria
  • Mycobacterium kansasii
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Pediatric
  • Pulmonary disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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