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A quick quiz to test your knowledge of NTM

Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are a group of bacteria which are responsible for causing NTM pulmonary disease (NTM-PD) in susceptible patients. NTM-PD is chronic and can be debilitating but is unfortunately often misdiagnosed as disease awareness has been low. Find out how much you know about NTM by taking the quiz below!


We have prepared 10 questions to test your knowledge.

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1 What percentage of NTM infections manifest in the lungs as NTM-PD?

2 NTM-PD can lead to a progressive decline in lung function, radiographic progression and a worsening of symptoms. True or false?

3 Chronic lung diseases including bronchiectasis, COPD and cystic fibrosis (CF) predispose individuals to NTM-PD. Does co-infection with NTM significantly increase mortality?

4 The mortality rate in COPD patients is 15.9%. What does this percentage increase to when NTM pulmonary disease is present?

5 NTM-PD is associated with an increased number of all-cause secondary care events. How many more all-cause secondary care events do patients with NTM-PD experience?

6 The mean direct healthcare expenditure for an NTM-PD patient has been shown to be significantly greater than that for a matched control. How much greater is the mean direct healthcare expenditure for an NTM-PD patient?

7 Which of the following factors are associated with progressive NTM-PD?

8 NTM invades macrophages in the lungs which can make treatment complex. True or false?

9 Which species of NTM was present in 35.6% of pulmonary samples positive for NTM?

10 Patients with Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) pulmonary disease are at increased risk of death following diagnosis. What is the pooled estimate of five year all-cause mortality for patients with MAC pulmonary disease?

Job code NP-UK-00130. Date 1 Apr 2020.