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Cough swabs should not be used to isolate non-tuberculous mycobacteria in children with cystic fibrosis
  1. Bushra Ahmed1,
  2. Ian M Balfour-Lynn1,
  3. Khalid Alshafi2
  1. 1Dept Respiratory Paediatrics, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Dept of Microbiology, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ian M Balfour-Lynn, Department of Paediatrics, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP, UK; i.balfourlynn{at}

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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 …

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