Author(s): Corpe RF
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Abstract Of 131 patients with pulmonary infections due to Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare, 124 had excisional surgery plus chemotherapy. Seven had definitive thoracoplasties. Postoperative complications of various degrees developed in 24\% of those who had surgery. Bronchopleural fistulae requiring thoracoplasties occurred in seven patients. Nine patients died in the postoperative period. The sputum of 93\% of the patients became negative for M. avium-intracellulare, and 5\% of the patients had bacteriologic relapse. Only two of the 122 patients who survived surgery died from progressive pulmonary infection due to M. avium-intracellulare.
This article was published in Rev Infect Dis
and referenced in Mycobacterial Diseases