Surgical management of Mycobacterium avium complex disease

Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1997 Dec;45(6):311-3. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-1013756.


Between July 1991 and October 1996, eight patients with Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) underwent pulmonary resection in our department. There was equal distribution of men women. The length of the preoperative period averaged 8.1 months (range: 1 to 30 months). Surgical resection was complete, consisting of lobectomy in 4 patients, lobectomy with partial resection in 2, segmentectomy in 1, and segmentectomy with partial resection in 1. There were no major complications postoperatively. No patients had positive sputum culture with MAC just after operation; however, one patient had positive sputum culture 6 months after operation. Our results show the good outcome of resectional surgery for MAC in properly selected patients, who should be operated as early as possible.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycobacterium avium Complex / isolation & purification
  • Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare Infection / surgery*
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Sputum / microbiology
  • Time Factors
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / microbiology*
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / surgery*