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June 1979

Sporotrichoid Cutaneous Infection due to Mycobacterium chelonei

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville.

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(6):738-739. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010060046029

Extensive cutaneous lesions that simulated sporotrichosis developed in a patient. Mycobacterium chelonei, a facultative pathogen that exists as a saprophyte in the environment and rarely produces clinical disease in humans, grew from culture of biopsy material. There was no evidence of visceral involvement, and the lesions healed spontaneously within six months.

(Arch Dermatol 115:738-739, 1979)