Cough swabs should not be used to isolate non-tuberculous mycobacteria in children with cystic fibrosis
- 1Dept Respiratory Paediatrics, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
- 2Dept of Microbiology, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
- Correspondence to Ian M Balfour-Lynn, Department of Paediatrics, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP, UK;
Contributors IB-L had the original idea for the research and letter. IB-L supervised the audit. Data was collected by KA and BA. The main body of the letter was written by BA and IB-L.
- Accepted 25 May 2012
- Published Online First 14 July 2012
Non-tuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) account for 13% of cystic fibrosis (CF)-related respiratory infections and present a major therapeutic challenge.1 There is increasing evidence to suggest an adverse prognostic significance of NTM, particularly for Mycobacterium abscessus. A recent large retrospective study of 1216 …