Therapy of nontuberculous mycobacterial infections

Dermatol Ther. 2004;17(6):491-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1396-0296.2004.04051.x.


Mycobacterial infections are increasing in incidence worldwide, partly as a result of the increase in immunocompromised individuals. They cause a large number of cutaneous infections with a broad array of manifestations. Because of their diverse manifestations and sometimes fastidious nature, infections with mycobacteria are often misdiagnosed, leading to delay in and sometimes failure of therapy. In addition, many mycobacteria display both in vitro and in vivo drug resistance to antimicrobial agents. Early recognition of affected patients, initiation of appropriate antimicrobial therapy based on current guidelines, and tailoring of therapy after susceptibility testing is available are therefore essential to the successful treatment of mycobacterial infections.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Mycobacterium / classification*
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / diagnosis
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / therapy*
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial / therapy*