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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 4

Numbers of NTM in household samples in study of NTM in household plumbing, New York, New York, USA, 2001–2011*

Patient household no. Water

Biofilm
No. Average CFU/mL No. Average CFU/cm2
1 4 5,632 ± 3,372 2 36,000 ± 49,500
2 5 49 ± 18 6 ± 2
3 0 0
4 1 0
5 13 420 ± 1,000 8 23,310 ± 41,700
6 3 17,052 ± 11,200 11 21,100 ± 27,700
7 0 0
8 7 27 ± 26 8 513 ± 632
Total 33 2,487 31 13,835

*NTM, nontuberculous mycobacteria.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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