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February 1980

Cutaneous Lesions due to Mycobacterium kansasii

Author Affiliations

From the Program in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (Drs Bolivar and Satterwhite) and the Organ Transplantation Unit (Dr Floyd), University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(2):207-208. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640260083022

• A recipient of a renal homograft had cutaneous lesions on the lower miextremities that resembled pyogenic abscesses. Staphylococcus aureus consistently grew from cultures and despite appropriate antibiotics, the lesions did not completely resolve. When special cultures were done, Mycobacterium kansasii was discovered. In immunocompromised patients with infectious cutaneous lesions, skin biopsy using appropriate stains and cultures should be considered early in the course of the illness.

(Arch Dermatol 116:207-208, 1980)

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