Clinical Reflections®: Reflecting on Missed Opportunities in Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Lung Disease

Activity Overview

Nontuberculous mycobacteria lung disease (NTM-LD) is a relatively uncommon condition, although its prevalence is rising. In this interactive CME activity, Drs. Anne O’Donnell and Patrick Flume review 2 patient cases to demonstrate how clinicians can maintain a greater index of suspicion for the diagnosis of NTM-LD to enable timely and effective therapy. The management of NTM-LD remains challenging, owing to the need for long-term treatment, the potential for drug-related toxicities and patient nonadherence. These factors underscore the importance of specialty referral for the successful management of NTM-LD.

0.50 CE Credit(s)

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is US-based pulmonologists and infectious disease specialists.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this education activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Describe the current epidemiologic trends and burdens posed by nontuberculous mycobacteria lung disease (NTM-LD) and its treatment
  • Implement recommended diagnostic practices for NTM-LD based on the identification of at-risk patients
  • Institute best practices for NTM-LD management with available treatment options, including proactive monitoring for adverse events and adherence to existing and new treatments

Activity Faculty

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Anne E. O'Donnell, MD

Professor, Medicine
Nehemiah and Naomi Cohen Chair, Pulmonary Disease Research
Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, DC

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Patrick A. Flume, MD

Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics
Powers Huggins Endowed Chair, Cystic Fibrosis
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC