Table 7

Routine monitoring tests

Mild disease severityModerate–severe
Severity Index scoringBaselineBaseline
Body Mass IndexAnnualAnnual
Exacerbation historyAnnual6 monthly
Sputum cultureAnnual6 monthly
MRC Dyspnoea ScoreAnnual6 monthly
CT (radiological extent)At diagnosis*‡At diagnosis*‡
Sputum mycobacterial culture†Baseline‡Baseline‡
Oxygen saturation monitoring (SpO2)Annual6 monthly
Aetiological investigationsAt diagnosis‡At diagnosis‡
Comorbidities assessmentAt diagnosis‡At diagnosis‡
  • *Consider repeat CT scanning in patients with primary immunodeficiency with scan interval of 3-5-years.

  • †This may need tailored in light of the local prevalence rates of NTM infections and in some centres may need undertaken on a regular basis. Further cultures at exacerbationmay be appropriate.

  • ‡Repeat investigations if a deteriorating patient.

  • MRC, Medical Research Council.