How is mycobacterium chelonae lung disease diagnosed?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: Alfred Scott Lea, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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According to American Thoracic Society (ATS) criteria, diagnosis of Mycobacterium chelonae lung disease requires the following 3 elements [25] :

  • Pulmonary symptoms with consistent radiographic features (see Imaging Studies)

  • Exclusion of other diagnoses (especially tuberculosis and other nontuberculous mycobacteria [NTM])

  • Appropriate microbiological findings (which are listed immediately below)

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