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Lung Infections


Scanning electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

​There are a number of different types of infections that occur in the lungs, including:

  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Multi-drug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB)
  • Non-tuberculous Mycobacterial Infections (NTM)
  • Fungal Lung Infections
  • Bacterial Lung Infections

The first line of treatment for most lung infections is drug therapy. When the infecting agent has built up resistance to drugs and/or has caused extensive damage to a particular part of a lung, surgical intervention may provide the best outcome.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is home to the Center for the Surgical Treatment of Lung Infection—the only center of its kind in the United States. Thoracic surgeons at the University of Colorado have performed more than 750 infectious lung surgeries.

Our surgeons who treat this condition


This information is provided by the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. It is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.