Colonisation of atypical mycobacteria in the normal respiratory tract

Kotian, Mohan; Shivananda, P.G.; Elias, Lalitha; Babu, Harish and Achyutha Rao, K.N. (1983) Colonisation of atypical mycobacteria in the normal respiratory tract. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 30 (4). pp. 149-151.

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Sputum samples and throat washings were obtained from 200 randomly selected persons free from chronic upper or lower respiratory diseases. Five percent of these normal healthy individuals from the coastal region of Karnataka harboured species of atypical mycobacteria in their respiratory tract. In all of them, colony count was low on L..J Media and isolation was better in Kirchners media. This shows that isolation of atypical mycobacteria may be a normal finding in some individuals. These atypical mycobacteria found as commensals could be transported to the lungs causing nontuberculous pulmonary disease particularly in patients with chronic nonspecific respiratory diseases (CNSRD) or with healed lesions of pulmonary tuberculosis.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Atypical Mycobacteria, Respiratory Tract, Respiratory Diseases, Pulmonary Tuberculosis Lesions, Lungs, Sputum, L.J. Media, Kirchners Media, Nontuberculous Pulmonary Disease
Subjects:Bacterial Infections and Mycoses > Infection > Respiratory Tract Infections
Fluids and Secretions > Bodily Secretions > Sputum
Respiratory Tract Diseases > Respiration Disorders
Respiratory System > Pharynx
Equipment and Supplies > Culture Media
Respiratory System > Nose
Bacteria > Gram-Positive Bacteria > Actinobacteria > Actinomycetales > Mycobacteriaceae > Mycobacterium
Respiratory System > Larynx
Respiratory System > Lung
Bacteria > Atypical Bacterial Forms
Respiratory System > Trachea
-Journal Repositories > Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
Respiratory Tract Diseases > Respiratory Tract Infections
ID Code:2723
Deposited By:Mrs Naina Pandita
Deposited On:11 March 2008

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