Diagnosing NTM lung disease can be difficult because the symptoms of NTM are common and can be mistaken for other lung conditions.
If you think you have NTM lung disease, ask your doctor if you should be referred to a Pulmonologist or an Infectious Disease (ID) Specialist. Pulmonologists and ID Specialists are doctors who have special training with lung diseases and infections and are more likely to be familiar with testing for and treating NTM lung disease.
You may want to consider finding a specialist who has experience caring for people with NTM lung disease. The disease can be difficult to manage, and some doctors may have limited NTM experience.
Doctors with special training in all kinds of infections, including those caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
Diagnosing NTM lung disease can get you on the road to feeling better. Talking to a Pulmonologist or an ID Specialist about your symptoms is the first step.
To help determine if you have NTM lung disease,
your doctor may:
If you test positive for NTM lung disease, your doctor will decide what your next step is, including potential treatment options. You will need to continue seeing your doctor regularly so he or she can monitor your lungs.