Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)

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The Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) Program at MUSC is dedicated to the specialized care of patients with suspected or confirmed nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection (in the lung or elsewhere).

The MUSC NTM program is the only program of its kind in South Carolina and the largest in the Southeast.

Our team offers a collaborative approach to the diagnosis and care of the patient who may have an NTM infection. Our core team includes clinicians who specialize in pulmonary medicine and infectious diseases, pharmacy, respiratory therapy and mental health. We have excellence in microbiology, radiology and cardiothoracic surgery, and we offer access to novel therapies through clinical research.

What is Nontuberculous Mycobacteria?

NTM are bacteria that are common in our environment, for example in water and soil. NTM can cause infections of the lungs, skin, and other tissues and organs, and these infections can be challenging to diagnose and treat. The multidisciplinary team at the MUSC Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Program works with each patient to develop and undertake an individualized, comprehensive treatment approach. Our team has the depth and breadth of expertise to address all facets of NTM infections in one clinic location. 

NTM infections are treated with a combination of antibiotics as well as complementary therapies to treat the underlying condition. However, not all NTM infections need to be treated, which is why a comprehensive evaluation is necessary to define the best treatment regimen for each patient.

We are committed to partnering with patients, their families, and their local clinical care providers to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Our Services 

Our multidisciplinary care team includes:

  • Pulmonary specialists
  • Infectious diseases specialists
  • Pharmacists
  • Behavioral medicine/mental health
  • Nursing services
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Access to different treatment modalities
  • Ability to monitor and follow complex regimens
  • Offer 2nd opinion
  • Specialty pharmacy services
  • Access to Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

To learn more about current clinical trials, contact Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials Team
At 843-792-0965 or

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