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January 1982

Mycobacterium fortuitum as a Cause of Mastoiditis and Wound Infection

Author Affiliations

From the Infectious Diseases Section, Medical Service Veterans Administration Medical Center, Salem, Va (Drs Neitch and Schleupner); and the Divisions of Otolaryngology (Dr Sydnor) and the Epidemiology and Virology (Dr Schleupner), University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(1):11-14. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790490013003

Mycobacterium fortuitum is uncommonly pathogenic for man. When implicated, this organism usually infects soft-tissue structures. Therapy necessitates surgical excision and prolonged antimicrobial therapy. A patient had a mastoiditis and wound infection due to this organism. Her successful treatment included radical debridement and prolonged therapy with several antimicrobials. The necessity for including mycobacteria in the differential diagnosis of ear, nose, and throat diseases is emphasized by our experience. The complexities of management of these infections are reviewed.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1982;108:11-14)