Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Infections

  • Authors: Richard E. Chaisson, MD (More Info)
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 3/30/17 (What's New)


  • All patients should receive drug-susceptibility testing to first-line TB drugs[DHHS Adult OI; Nahid 2016]
  • Patients who continue to have positive results on mycobacterial culture after 4 months of treatment should undergo drug susceptibility testing on newly obtained specimens[DHHS Adult OI]
  • Specimens with resistance to first-line TB drugs should undergo drug-susceptibility testing to second-line TB drugs only in laboratories with extensive expertise with this testing[DHHS Adult OI]

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