Lege Artis Medicinae

[Some problems and characteristics of pulmonary mycobacteriosis in hungary]

KOZMA Dezső1, VINCZE Egon1, DÁVID Sándor1, KISHINDI Katalin2, ALEXY György2

SEPTEMBER 25, 1991

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1991;1(15)

[360 cases of pulmonary mycobacteriosis caused by atypical mycobacteria were observed between 1980 and 1989. M. xenopi proved to be the most frequent pathogen (in 67% of the cases) followed by M. kansasii and M. avium intracellulare. The disease was common in urban-industrial areas. The yearly incidence of disease has not been increased during the observed period. 86% of patients were male with the mean age of 55 years. Underlying diseases such as pulmonary tuberculosis and chronic obstructive lung disease were found frequently. The symptoms of the disease were uncharacteristic. Thin-wall cavities with the lack of an infiltrate appeared in 24% of the patients. Malignancy and pulmonary aspergillosis were the two more frequent concomitant diseases. The occurence of lung cancer and also other organ cancers were significant higher among these patients than in the normal population between 40–69 years of age. Findings of histopathology were indistinguishable from tuberculosis among M. kansasii cases. A relative lack of caseousiting necrosis, forced fibrosis, foreign body reaction and abortive granuloma formation appeared among M. xenopi and M. avium-intracellulare cases. ]

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  1. Országos Korányi Tbc és Pulmonológiai Intézet, Budapest
  2. Városi Tüdűbeteggondozó Intézet, Pécs

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