A pulmonary physician, or lung doctor (also called a pulmonologist) is one of two main types of physicians who would diagnose, treat and monitor NTM patients. Because NTM is an infectious disease, they will often work with infectious disease specialists to treat patients. A knowledgeable pulmonary specialist is crucial for your successful treatment, as he or she would not only perform procedures such as bronchoscopies (to gather sputum samples from your lungs), but would also likely prescribe certain medications and recommend various respiratory therapies to help you improve and maintain lung function.

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