What is included in patient education about mycobacterium chelonae infection?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: Alfred Scott Lea, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Educate patients on the importance of adherence with multiple drug regimens to avoid the development of antibiotic resistance.

Patients may confuse this disease with tuberculosis. Reassure patients that they are not contagious to others.

Discuss possible medication adverse effects with patients to increase the chances of early detection. Advise patients to avoid prevent pregnancy if possible. If pregnancy is present, expert consultation is recommended.

For excellent patient education resources, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Bronchoscopy.


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