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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 137-138

Mycobacterium fortuitum Bacteraemia in an Immunocompromised Patient

1 Department of Clinical Haematology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
2 Clinical Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Correspondence Address:
M V Jesudason
Clinical Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.16058

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A case of Mycobacterium fortuitum 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.


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2004 - Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
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