Mycobacterium Avium Complex

Common Name(s)

Mycobacterium Avium Complex

Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) is a type of bacteria that can cause disease by infecting humans with weakened immune systems (the system in the body which helps to fight off various infections). HIV/AIDS is a common cause of a weakened immune system that may predispose someone to MAC infection. MAC is found in food, soil, water, and is usually harmless to people with healthy immune systems. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and low blood counts (anemia). Since the MAC bacteria are in contact with humans so often, it is hard to prevent exposure; however, there are available preventative medications for people with weakened immune systems.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Mycobacterium Avium Complex" returned 353 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Disseminated cutaneous mycobacterium avium complex in a person with AIDS.
 

Author(s): D C Endly, L S Ackerman

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A cutaneous Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection is a rare infection that can occur through direct inoculation or via dissemination to the skin. We report an interesting case of disseminated cutaneous MAC infection in a 45-year-old man with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome ...

Last Updated: 23 May 2014

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Changes in serum immunomolecules during antibiotic therapy for Mycobacterium avium complex lung disease.
 

Author(s): S-Y Kim, W-J Koh, H Y Park, K Jeon, O J Kwon, S-N Cho, S J Shin

Journal: Clin. Exp. Immunol.. 2014 Apr;176(1):93-101.

 

Little information is available regarding changes in immune status for patients with Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) lung disease during antibiotic therapy. Serum immunomolecules from 42 patients with MAC lung disease were assayed comparatively using an array-based system according ...

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2014

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Proposed definitions for epidemiologic and clinical studies of Mycobacterium avium complex pulmonary disease.
 

Author(s): Rachel N Plotinsky, Elizabeth A Talbot, C Fordham von Reyn

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Epidemiologic and clinical studies of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) pulmonary disease typically use strict ATS/IDSA definitions designed for decisions about treatment. Studies based on these criteria may exclude a substantial number of patients with true disease. We reviewed patients ...

Last Updated: 22 Nov 2013

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The terms "Mycobacterium Avium Complex" returned 20 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Trends in overall opportunistic illnesses, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, cerebral toxoplasmosis and Mycobacterium avium complex incidence rates over the 30 years of the HIV epidemic: a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Lara Coelho, Valdiléa Gonçalves Veloso, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Paula Mendes Luz

Journal: Braz J Infect Dis. ;18(2):196-210.

 

The natural history of HIV infection has changed dramatically after the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy. Currently, opportunistic illnesses still represent a major cause of death and hospitalization in this population. In this study, we review the trends in opportunistic ...

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2014

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Peritonitis due to Mycobacterium avium complex in patients with AIDS: report of five cases and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Un-In Wu, Mao-Yuan Chen, Ruey-Heng Hu, Szu-Min Hsieh, Wang-Huei Sheng, Yi-Chun Lo, Chien-Ching Hung, Shan-Chwen Chang

Journal: Int. J. Infect. Dis.. 2009 Mar;13(2):285-90.

 

Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) often causes disseminated infection in patients at an advanced stage of HIV infection; however, peritonitis associated with disseminated MAC infection is rare.

Last Updated: 3 Mar 2009

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Clinical and immunologic features of an atypical intracranial mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection compared with those of pulmonary MAC infections.
 

Author(s): Mouhannad Sadek, Feng Yun Yue, Erika Yue Lee, Gabor Gyenes, R Brad Jones, Victor Hoffstein, David G Munoz, Ignatius Fong, Mario Ostrowski

Journal: Clin. Vaccine Immunol.. 2008 Oct;15(10):1580-9.

 

Members of the Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) may cause chronic pulmonary infections in otherwise healthy elderly persons but rarely invade parts of the body outside of the lungs in immunocompetent hosts. We present a case of an isolated intracranial MAC infection in an apparently ...

Last Updated: 7 Oct 2008

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Application of MACS and Time-lapse Technology in Good-prognosis Patients
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: MACS Technique Efficacy

 

Last Updated: 7 Oct 2014

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The Role of Inflammasome in Inflammatory Macrophage in Mycobacterium Avium Complex-lung Disease and Mycobacterium Abscessus-lung Disease
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: To Investigate the Inflammasome Response of Inflammatory and Resting Macrophage; To Compare the Difference of Inflammasome Response of Inflammatory Macrophage; To Study the Diagnostic Aid From Immunological Markers in Inflammasome Response

 

Last Updated: 27 Jun 2014

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Last Updated: 7 Aug 2007

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