Current estimates place the number of people with NTM lung disease in the United States as high as 180,000, and that number is increasing 8.2% every year in people 65 years and older.1 Several studies conducted to determine numbers of patients with NTM have produced results which demonstrate that the numbers are increasing, especially in the elderly and those with specific co-morbidities. Reports from other countries also suggest increases in NTM.
Though the patient profile for NTM lung disease has long been that of a slender, white, post-menopausal woman, there are just as many patients who do not fit within one or more of those categories.
1 Strollo et al. The Burden of Pulmonary Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease in the United States. Ann Am Thorac Soc Vol 12, No 10, 1458-1464 (2015).