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Volume 18, Number 10—October 2012


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 2

NTM isolated from sinus cavity samples of 33 patients in study of NTM in household plumbing, New York, New York, USA, 2001–2011*

NTM species No. (%) patients
Mycobacterium abscessus-chelonae 19 (58)
M. chelonae 4 (12)
M. abscessus 2 (6)
M. avium 4 (12)
M. avium complex 2 (6)
M. immunogenum 1 (3)
M. asiaticum 1 (3)
M. mucogenicum 1 (3)
M. mageritense 1 (3)
M. gordonae 4 (12)

*NTM, nontuberculous mycobacteria.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.