The episode will feature pulmonology specialist,
The series is produced with the aim of uniting patients, physicians, and scientists with research and education to help advance the way the health care system works for those who are diagnosed with rare diseases.
- What is NTM lung disease?
- What are the symptoms of NTM lung disease?
- Why is early diagnosis and monitoring of NTM lung disease important?
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 or 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