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March 1981

Resistant Cutaneous Infection Caused by Mycobacterium chelonei

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Dermatology, the Department of Internal Medicine, the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa.

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(3):151-153. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650030029014

• Induration of the lower parts of the legs with abscess and ulcer formation occurred in a 60-year-old woman. Mycobacterium chelonei, a ubiquitous, saprophytic pathogen that uncommonly causes human disease, was cultured from biopsy material. Although spontaneous healing usually occurs in a few months with such infections, our patient's disease persisted for more than two years until control was achieved with minocycline hydrochloride.

(Arch Dermatol 1981;117:151-153)