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Volume 14, Number 3—March 2008

Research

Multicenter Cross-Sectional Study of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infections among Cystic Fibrosis Patients, Israel

Isaac Levy*1, Galia Grisaru-Soen*12, Liat Lerner-Geva†, Eitan Kerem‡, Hana Blau§, Lea Bentur¶, Micha Aviram#, Joseph Rivlin**, Elie Picard††, Anita Lavy‡‡, Yakov Yahav*, and Galia Rahav*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel; †Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, Tel Hashomer, Israel; ‡Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel; §Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, Petah Tikva, Israel; ¶Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel; #Soroka University Hospital, Beer Sheva, Israel; **Carmel Medical Center, Haifa, Israel; ††Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel; ‡‡Mycobacterium Reference Laboratory of Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel; 1These authors contributed equally to this work.; 2Current affiliation: Dana Children’s Hospital, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel.;

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Table 1

Number of patients in all medical centers and their reasons for exclusion from study

Center Total no. patients Absence of mycobacterial culture (%) Age <5 y Other causes* No. patients included
A 134 36 (27) 5 11 82
B 82 74 (90) 7 1 0
C 75 28 (37) 13 3 31
D 71 14 (20) 14 1 42
E 60 26 (43) 14 2 18
F 31 17 (55) 4 2 8
G 15 8 (54) 2 0 5
Total 468 203 (72) 59 (21%) 20 (7%) 186

*Other causes, lung transplantation, immunosuppressive therapy, dropped from follow-up.

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1These authors contributed equally to this work.

2Current affiliation: Dana Children's Hospital, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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