Lung Function Decline According to Clinical Course in Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease

Chest. 2016 Dec;150(6):1222-1232. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2016.06.005. Epub 2016 Jun 11.


Background: There are few data regarding the impact of nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease (NTM-LD) on lung function during the clinical course of disease. This study aimed to assess the impact of NTM-LD on lung function decline.

Methods: Treatment outcomes and spirometry data at diagnosis and at least three years later were obtained from 358 patients who were diagnosed with NTM-LD between January 1999 and November 2011 using the prospective NTM registry cohort. For analysis, patients were divided into three groups: those observed without treatment, those who had treatment success, and those in whom treatment failed.

Results: The treatment-failure group (n = 68) had a significantly more rapid decline in FEV1 and FVC compared with the observation (n = 118) and treatment-success (n = 172) groups (-52.2, -30.8, and -28.2 mL/y, respectively; P = .023 for FEV1 decline; -50.4, -28.8, and -26.0 mL/y, respectively; P = .002 for FVC decline). After adjusting for confounding factors, patients with treatment failure had greater FEV1 and FVC declines than did those observed without treatment (adjusted P = .026 for FEV1 decline; adjusted P = .022 for FVC decline) or those treated successfully (adjusted P = .004 for FEV1 decline; adjusted P = .002 for FVC decline). Patients treated successfully had declines in FEV1 and FVC similar to those in the observation group.

Conclusions: The change of lung function was variable over a median 5-year follow-up period. Treatment failure was associated with a substantial decline in lung function in NTM-LD.

Keywords: FEV; nontuberculous mycobacteria; respiratory function tests; spirometry; treatment outcome.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Lung Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / drug therapy*
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / physiopathology*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Registries
  • Republic of Korea
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents