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Mycobacterial Avium Intrra Cellulare complex
Jan 17, 2007

I have had a persistant cough for about 13 months, after switching doctors due to insurance changing, my dr. did a sputem test and it came back postive for Mycobacterial Avium Intrra Cellulare complex. After doing research I have found this is predominantly an HIV+ related infection. As of 4 months ago I tested negative for HIV. what are some of the other ways to get this as a non-immuniocompromises patient, also are there any new treatments out, or even experimental treatments?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

Mycobacterium avium (MAC) is a common infection among persons with HIV as you point out, but like many symptoms that we get questions about here at the forum, MAC infections aren't only restricted to persons who are HIV+.

Lung infection with MAC is actually unusual in HIV+ persons, more commonly seen in the HIV negatives. It's more commonly seen among persons who have some kind of underlying lung pathology or lung abscess. We'll obtain high-resolution CT scans of the lungs to determine the extent and type of underlying disease. The treatments are actually the same as those used for MAC in HIV+ persons; unfortunately for you, this typically means several months of combination antbiotic therapy.

Hope this helps, BY


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