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May 1977

Mycobacterium kansasii Arthritis of the Knee Joint

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics and Surgery (Orthopedics), University of Chicago and La Rabida Children's Hospital and Research Center, Chicago.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(5):573-575. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120180087018

Mycobacterium kansasii infection of the knee joint was diagnosed in an 11-year-old boy on the basis of skin testing to atypical mycobacteria, and a positive culture from a synovial tissue biopsy. Appropriate antituberculous drugs should be instituted as sole treatment if no bony destruction is present. If there is no response to chemotherapy, synovectomy should be performed.

(Am J Dis Child 131:573-575, 1977)