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Table 1 The relationship between NTM and their isolation from different specimen sites

From: Pulmonary Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare is the main driver of the rise in non-tuberculous mycobacteria incidence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, 2007–2012

Organism Total Pulmonary Blood Lymph node Urine Other Unknown
n n % n % n % n % n % n %
M. avium-intracellulare 7436 5800 35.6 120 30.7 161 62.6 65 18.4 187 29.4 1103 34.6
M. gordonae 3414 2721 16.7 2 0.5 2 0.8 99 28.0 33 5.2 557 17.5
M. chelonae 2342 1574 9.7 130 33.2 28 10.9 53 15.0 153 24.1 404 12.7
M. fortuitum 1698 1330 8.2 33 8.4 5 1.9 38 10.7 52 8.2 240 7.5
M. kansasii 1131 966 6.0 2 0.5 4 1.6 12 3.4 32 5.0 115 3.6
M. xenopi 1069 958 5.9 1 0.3 2 0.8 8 2.3 10 1.6 90 2.8
M. abscessus 992 812 5.0 14 3.6 7 2.7 1 0.3 24 3.8 134 4.2
M. malmoense 931 718 4.4 2 0.5 38 14.8 5 1.4 29 4.6 139 4.4
M. peregrinum 489 414 2.5 11 2.8 2 0.8 16 4.5 9 1.4 37 1.2
M. mucogenicum 258 161 1.0 58 14.8 1 0.4 7 2.0 11 1.7 20 0.6
M. marinum 166 1 0.01 0 0 0 0 0 0 75 11.8 90 2.8
Other 1192 839 5.1 18 4.6 7 2.7 50 14.1 21 3.3 257 8.1
  1. “Other” in specimen site category includes specimens from bone, cerebrospinal fluid, eyes, faeces, gastrointestinal tract, peritoneal dialysis fluid, peritoneal fluid, skin and synovial fluid
  2. “%” refers to percentage of NTM species contributing to total for given body site