Disseminated Cutaneous Mycobacterium Chelonae Infection

Charles L. Kane, MPH, Albert L.Vincent, PhD, John N. Greene, MD, and Ramon L. Sandin, MD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Fla.


Cancer Control. 2000;7(2) 

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Our immunocompromised patient exhibited the classic presentation of a chronic, indolent course of cutaneous infection caused by rapidly growing mycobacterium. Lack of response to conventional antibiotics and the nodular or ulcerative appearance suggest a mycobacterial or fungal etiology or fungal etiology. Impairment of cell-mediated immunity, such as with corticosteroids, should further raise suspicion of these latter two possibilities. Once the infection is identified as a mycobacteria, specification and susceptibility testing should be performed to guide therapy. In vitro antibiotic susceptibility testing is helpful in directing effective treatment of M. chelonae-disseminated cutaneous infection.


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