SAMUEL PHILLIPS, M.D., F.A.C.P.; JOHN C. LARKIN JR., M.D., F.A.C.P.
Patients with chronic pulmonary disease from whose sputa unclassified Mycobacteria are recovered are a problem to clinicians and public health officials. These cases are classified as "infection of lung, due to unclassified Mycobacterium" (1) but are also referred to as "atypical tuberculosis" (2). A review of 32 patients with atypical pulmonary tuberculosis treated at our hospital since 1959 is presented to illustrate various aspects of the problem.
There is a marked similarity of atypical pulmonary tuberculosis to pulmonary tuberculosis in physical findings, roentgenographic appearance, positive tuberculin (Mantoux) reaction, and the presence of acid-fast bacilli in the sputum (3). On histological
PHILLIPS S, LARKIN JC. Atypical Pulmonary Tuberculosis Caused by Unclassified Mycobacteria. Ann Intern Med. ;60:401–408. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-3-401
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(3):401-408.
Infectious Disease, Mycobacterial Infections, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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