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sayaboleh (@sayaboleh)

Negative sputum results without treatment

MAC & Bronchiectasis | Last Active: Dec 12, 2019 | Replies (103)

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@pfists @windwalker Regarding the 40-60 conversion sputum rate, I was happy to find the following article that helps substantiate those numbers. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28275170

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@alleycatkate Thanks for posting this. I was struck by the number of studies coming out of South Korea, apparently a hotbed for MAC in Asia. I wonder why. There is not much known about MAC in Asia, esp. in Singapore. I saw a cardiologist there some years ago and he was very surprised to hear that I had MAC. He thought that it affected only those with HIV.

@alleycatkate, Thank you for posting this. I did not understand the second to the last sentence though. If a patient tested negative at their initial diagnosis, wouldn't they have a better prognosis? Also, we all need to put some pounds on it sounds like.

@alleycat @pfists @windwalker I have been finding it hard to produce sputum all along. But my MAC after 17 months of the Big 3 is still present on a biopsy I had a month ago. I am still waiting for sensitivity tests to return. I am not sure what the next step will be. I guess it will all be pending the sensitivity results. Any other suggestions from anyone? I have not felt like I did prior to the biopsy. I am not sure if it is physical or mental. I don't want to let this beat me physically or mentally.