What is the role of abscess drainage in the workup of mycobacterium chelonae infection?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: Alfred Scott Lea, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Fluid from a localized abscess should be obtained for culture; this method is preferred over swab culture of a draining abscess, sinus tract, or fistula.

Fine-needle aspiration and biopsy should be attempted on lymphadenitis for histopathology, cytology, and culture.


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