NTM lung infections are often difficult to diagnose or misdiagnosed because symptoms, such as chronic coughing, shortness of breath, and fatigue, may be similar to other lung conditions. On NTMfacts.com, healthcare providers can gain first-hand knowledge from the personal stories of patients who are living with the daily challenges of chronic NTM lung disease. NTMfacts.comalso provides healthcare providers with a downloadable pocket guide for diagnosing, treating, and preventing NTM lung disease, which is based on the official statement of ATS and the
"Insmed is dedicated to raising awareness of NTM and we appreciate the importance of connecting physicians with the experiences of patients who are living with the devastating effects of this disease," said
"It is inspiring to see Insmed's commitment to raising physicians' awareness about the extensive physical and emotional impact of NTM lung disease," said
About Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Lung Disease
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease is a rare and often chronic condition that is capable of causing irreversible lung damage and can be fatal when untreated. The symptoms of NTM lung disease are variable; however, virtually all patients have chronic or recurring cough. Other symptoms include sputum production, shortness of breath, and chest pain. As NTM lung disease advances, systemic side effects, such as fatigue, malaise, and weight loss may become increasingly prevalent. NTM lung disease is caused by organisms commonly found in water and soil and it can be difficult to diagnose as its symptoms are similar to other co-existing lung diseases, like bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, and pneumoconiosis.
There are currently no products indicated for the treatment of NTM lung disease in
According to a company-sponsored patient chart study, approximately 50,000 patients suffering from NTM lung disease visited physician offices in