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Indian Journal of Surgery
Medknow Publications on behalf of Association of Surgeons of India
ISSN: 0972-2068
Vol. 69, No. 2, 2007, pp. 71-73
Bioline Code: is07024
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Surgery, Vol. 69, No. 2, 2007, pp. 71-73

 en Case Report - An unusal postoperative wound infection
Chauhan, Ashutosh & Narayan, Satya S

Abstract

Mycobacterium chelonae is a rare cause of human infection and is difficult to diagnose unless suspected for the same. A 38-year-old lady, diagnosed to have epigastric hernia, underwent open mesh hernioplasty, after which she developed multiple nonhealing sinuses at site of surgery. The mesh had to be removed and the causative organism was confirmed to be to M. chelonae . Definitive identification of this species of mycobacterium was possible by growth characteristics and biochemical tests. The patient has been on injection amikacin and tab clathromycin, the only two drugs shown to be sensitive to, for the last two months and complete recovery is still awaited.

Keywords
Mycobacterium chelonae, nosocomial, wound infection

 
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