What are the possible complications of mycobacterium chelonae infection?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: Alfred Scott Lea, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Complications of M chelonae infections may include the following:

  • Severe lung disease or disseminated disease may cause death.
  • Skin lesions and subsequent debridement may be disfiguring.
  • Loss of surgically implanted prosthetic devices may occur.
  • Antimycobacterial monotherapy may lead to drug resistance.
  • Antimycobacterial chemotherapy of all types may be associated with adverse drug reactions, organ failure, and death.

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