Episode Summary

Infections caused by Mycobacterium abscessus appear to be increasing in frequency among the immunocompromised population and are challenging to treat. Antibiotic options in these cases are scarce, prolonged therapy is required and new options are needed. We will discuss this important topic with experts in the field.

Topics discussed:

  • Define M. abscessus as an opportunistic pathoge
  • The intrinsic phenotypic characteristics of M. abscessus, including resistance to common antimicrobials
  • Treatment approaches and rationale for these strategies


  • Kelly Dooley, MD. PhD, MPH., Professor and Addison B. Scoville Jr. Chair in Medicine, and Director of the Division of Infectious an infectious within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC)
  • Charles L. Daley, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections. National Jewish Health
  • Thomas Dick, PhD. Professor, Center for Discovery and Innovation, Hackensack Meridian Health

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