TABLE 2

Clinical features of patients with isolation of various M. avium subspecies

FeatureNo. (%) or age (mean ± SD)
MenWomenTotal
By underlying cancer
    Hematologic77 (54.6)46 (39.7)123 (47.9)
    Solid61 (43.3)61 (52.6)122 (47.5)
    No cancer3 (2.1)9 (7.8)12 (4.7)
By evidence of infectiona
    Strong (definite and probable)26 (18.4)49 (42.2)75 (29.2)
    Weak (possible and contaminant)115 (81.6)67 (57.8)182 (70.8)
By yrs of ageb
    All59.3 ± 13.760.2 ± 14.559.7 ± 14.0
    With strong evidence of infection60.7 ± 13.265.5 ± 11.963.9 ± 12.5
    With weak evidence of infection59.0 ± 13.856.2 ± 15.158.0 ± 14.3
Total141 (100)116 (100)257 (100)
  • a By comparisons of women to men, χ2 = 17.4, P < 0.0001, odds ratio = 3.2.

  • b By comparisons (Student t test) of patients with strong evidence of infection to those with weak evidence of infection, for men, the results were not statistically significant; for women, t = 3.59, P = 0.0005; for men and women combined, t = 3.11, P = 0.002.