Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are types of germs that cause human disease. NTM is an infectious disease like tuberculosis (TB), but it does not cause TB. There has been a steady increase in the number of people with NTM infections over time. The elderly and those with immune system diseases are especially at risk.
National Jewish Health was founded more than 100 years ago as a tuberculosis hospital. Since that time, we have grown to become the leading respiratory hospital in the U.S. Our infectious disease doctors are nationally recognized experts who treat hundreds of patients with NTM each year. They work with our specialized laboratories to select the right medicines and doses for each patient’s disease. This reduces medication side effects and toxicity which is common with NTM drugs.
Our doctors are researchers too, so you have access to the latest NTM clinical trials and most effective therapies.
NTM Care at National Jewish Health
At National Jewish Health, you’ll find:
The Nontuberculosis Mycobacteria (NTM) Center of Excellence
Our Patient Education Program at National Jewish Health provides many free educational opportunities and support groups to assist patients and caregivers with managing illnesses and chronic conditions.
Download Free Patient Education Materials
There are a number of written materials to support patient education at National Jewish Health. They include Understanding Booklets, Med Facts, Test Facts, Medication handouts and more.
Many patients who come to National Jewish Health are trying to find answers to ongoing health issues. Our doctors use advanced testing to accurately diagnose our patients’ conditions and determine the best treatment plan.