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Medical Term:

Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare complex


Definition: an opportunistic agent of infection, particularly in people with AIDS. Difficult to treat because Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare is resistant to many antibiotics. The organism may also cause chronic lower respiratory tract infections in patients who are not severely immunocompromised, especially those with underlying abnormal lung parenchyma.

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