Gregory T. Valainis, MD
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To the Editors: I read with great interest Levine and Chaisson's report (1) on Mycobacterium kansasii infection in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Their clinical findings differed markedly from those of our recent study of the same subject (2). In our study, the findings in 23 patients with positive cultures for M. kansasii and HIV infection more closely resembled those seen in patients with M. avium complex infection. In fact, M. avium complex was cultured concomitantly with M. kansasii in 7 of the 23 patients. Furthermore, pulmonary cavitation was not seen in any patient at the time of
Valainis GT. Mycobacterium kansasii Infection. Ann Intern Med. ;115:496–497. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-6-496
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(6):496-497.
Infectious Disease, Mycobacterial Infections.
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