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Volume 18, Number 10—October 2012

Research

Nontuberculous Mycobacteria in Household Plumbing as Possible Cause of Chronic Rhinosinusitis

Wellington S. Tichenor1Comments to Author , Jennifer Thurlow1, Steven McNulty, Barbara A. Brown-Elliott, Richard J. Wallace, and Joseph O. Falkinham
Author affiliations: The Center for Allergy, Asthma and Sinusitis, New York, New York, USA (W.S. Tichenor, J. Thurlow); New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York (W.S. Tichenor); University of Texas Health Science Center, Tyler, Texas, USA (S. NcNulty, B.A. Brown-Elliott, R.J. Wallace, Jr.); Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA (J.O. Falkinham III)

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Table 3

Recovery of NTM from households in study of NTM in household plumbing, New York, New York, USA, 2001–2011*

Patient household no. Patient isolate No. samples collected No. (%) samples yielding NTM Species found in patient household† rep-PCR match PFGE match
1 M. abscessus 9 5 (55) None NA NA
2 M. avium 9 4 (44) Yes Yes Yes
3 M. immunogenum 10 0 NA NA NA
4 M. gordonae 5 2 (40) Yes No
5 M. avium 10 9 (90) Yes Yes Yes
6 MAC-X† 21 7 (33) Yes Yes No
7 M. gordonae 10 0 NA NA
8 M. avium 14 8 (57) Yes Yes Yes

*NTM, nontuberculous mycobacteria; NA, not applicable; MAC-X, Mycobacterium avium complex “X” cluster; PFGE, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.
†MAC-X is a mycobacterium that tests positive by DNA probe analysis for M. avium complex but is negative with specific M. avium and M. intracellulare probes and PCR analysis.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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