- Rapidly-growing, hardy, ubiquitous mycobacterium commonly found in the environment, including municipal tap water.
- Results of in vitro drug susceptibility tests should be used to guide antimicrobial therapy (though susceptibility is unpredictable).
- Lab should differentiate from M. abscessus with which it can be confused since this organism is more difficult to treat.
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