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Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
Medknow Publications on behalf of Indian Association of Medical Microbiology
ISSN: 0255-0857
EISSN: 0255-0857
Vol. 23, No. 2, 2005, pp. 137-138
Bioline Code: mb05037
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2005, pp. 137-138

 en Case Report - Mycobacterium fortuitum check for this species in other resources Bacteraemia in an Immunocompromised Patient
Unni M., Jesudason M.V., Rao S., George B.


A case of Mycobacterium fortuitum check for this species in other resources bacteraemia in an immunocompromised patient confirmed by four positive serial blood cultures is reported here. The patient was a known case of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on intensive chemotherapy. The source of bacteraemia was most probably a peripherally inserted vascular catheter. After initiation, of treatment with amikacin to which the strain was sensitive and clarithromycin and removal of the central line the patient′s fever defervesced and repeat blood cultures were negative. This is the first time we have encountered an immunocompromised patient with M. fortuitum septicaemia in our hospital. The possibility of an infection with rapidly growing mycobacteria is important to consider when conventional organisms are not isolated in culture especially in the context of patients with malignancy.

Mycobacterium fortuitum, Bacteraemia, Immunocompromised

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