Totally implantable port non-tuberculous mycobacteria infection

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“Catheter-related infection by non-tuberculous mycobacteria is rare but difficult to diagnose and the treatment is not standardized” Frija-Masson et al (2014).

Reference:

Frija-Masson, J., Aberrane, S., Monnet, I, Jabot, L., Housset, B. and Mangiapan, G. (2014) Non-tuberculous mycobacterial infection of a totally implanted perfusion device. Revue des Maladies Respiratoires. October 30th. [epub ahead of print]. [Article in French].

Abstract:

INTRODUCTION: Catheter-related infection by non-tuberculous mycobacteria is rare but difficult to diagnose and the treatment is not standardized.

CASE REPORT: A 64-year-old woman treated for lung cancer with intravenous chemotherapy developed an infection of her totally implanted perfusion device with Mycobacterium chelonae. The infection was cured after surgical removal of the device and treatment with oral clarithromycin.

CONCLUSION: Mycobacteria may infect vascular access devices. Rapid diagnosis of such infections allows early treatment.

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