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Case Report/Case Series
September 2014

Mycobacterium mucogenicum Infection Following Dacryocystorhinostomy and Crawford Tube Placement

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky
  • 2University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(9):981-983. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.251
Abstract

Importance  Nontuberculous mycobacterial infections of the skin can be seen in cases of immunosuppression and/or traumatic implantation of contaminated objects. Surgical settings with appropriate sterilization techniques have been immune to these types of infections. We report a case of nosocomially derived infection from a sterile procedure.

Observations  A woman in her 70s presented with a facial lesion after an ophthalmologic procedure that was discovered to be a nontuberculous mycobacterial infection. It was successfully treated with oral antibiotics.

Conclusions and Relevance  Nontuberculous mycobacterial infections should be considered in the differential diagnosis of new lesions arising after invasive procedures, even in immunocompetent patients in seemingly sterile settings.

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