Who gets NTM?

There are certain underlying conditions that make some people more susceptible to NTM infection. It is still not completely clear why some people get infected and some don't. It appears that some NTM infections affect more women than men and often the women who are affected are remarkably thin. We are also seeing more patients who are children, teens or in their 20s and 30s.

Immunosuppressive medicines such as cancer chemotherapy, prednisone, or drugs used to treat conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or psoriasis, may increase the risk of NTM infection substantially.