European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Clinical risk factors related to treatment failure in Mycobacterium abscessus lung disease
The clinical importance of Mycobacterium abscessus subsp. abscessus (M. abscessus) lung disease has been increasing, but few studies have assessed the clinical characteristics associated with the treatment outcome. We retrospectively analyzed 75 consecutive patients with M. abscessus lung disease diagnosed at a tertiary hospital from January 2004 to April 2018. Among 52 patients with sufficient clinical data, 19 patients (42.2%) achieved treatment success. Compared with 26 (57.8%) patients in the treatment failure group, body mass index (BMI) (19.8 vs 17.5 kg/m2, P = 0.022), previous nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease (26.3% vs 61.5%, P = 0.034), the presence of cavitary lesions (31.6% vs 69.2%, P = 0.017), and the bronchiectasis score (3.0 vs 5.0, P = 0.003) were significantly different in the treatment success group. Multivariate analysis showed that age (adjusted hazard ratio (aHR), 0.94; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.90 to 0.99; P = 0.010), the presence of cavitary lesions (aHR, 0.34; 95% CI, 0.12 to 0.94; P = 0.039), and previous NTM lung disease (aHR, 0.28; 95% CI, 0.09 to 0.86; P = 0.026) were negatively associated with treatment success. This is the first study to show that previous NTM lung disease might be a clinically important factor related to unfavorable treatment outcomes in M. abscessus lung disease patients. To increase our understanding the characteristics of M. abscessus lung disease, this factor should be independently analyzed in future research.