Hot tub-related Mycobacterium avium intracellulare pneumonitis

Allergy Asthma Proc. 2002 Jul-Aug;23(4):271-3.


Atypical Mycobacteria have been widely known to cause opportunistic infections in patients with AIDS. Recently, cases have been reported of patients colonized with atypical Mycobacteria who are only partially responsive to antibacterial treatment. It is thought that perhaps these cases represent a clinically different subset of patients that not only have underlying infection, but hypersensitivity disease as well, which may be responsive to concomitant treatment with oral corticosteroids.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use
  • Alveolitis, Extrinsic Allergic / drug therapy
  • Alveolitis, Extrinsic Allergic / etiology*
  • Forced Expiratory Volume / drug effects
  • Forced Expiratory Volume / physiology
  • Hot Temperature / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare Infection / drug therapy
  • Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare Infection / etiology*


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones