TABLE 3

Clinical source and significance for 238 patients with isolation of M. avium subsp. hominissuis

FeatureTotal (%)No. of patients with evidence of infection
DefiniteProbablePossible or part of mixContaminant
By isolation source
    Respiratory tract
        BAL fluid and/or bronchial washa139 (58.4)6253375
        Sputum62 (26.0)3131630
        Lung tissue16 (6.7)1411
        Pleural fluid2 (0.8)2
    Abdominal or pelvic abscess8 (3.4)8
    Polymicrobic wound4 (1.7)112
    Other tissue2 (0.8)1 (neck pus)1 (abdomen)
    Urine5 (2.1)32
By no. of isolates
    Single isolate220 (92.4)193456111
    Two isolates (separate days)13 (5.5)346
    Three or more isolates5 (2.1)41
Total (%)238 (100)26 (10.9)39 (16.4)62 (26.1)111 (46.6)
  • a BAL, bronchoalveolar lavage.