Non tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections in the lung are almost impossible to eradicate with conventional antibiotics. These patients have few options to treat their lung infection. It has been shown that nitric oxide was safe to be inhaled for similar cystic fibrosis patients and reduced drug resistant bacteria in the lungs. Further, research indicates that clinical isolates of NTM can be eradicated by 160ppn NO exposure in the laboratory petri dish. This is not the first time inhaled NO treatment has been used in patients with NTM (case studies). This study will provide more data to see if NO therapy can reduce the NTM bacterial load in the lungs and help the patients breath better.
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