Disseminated Mycobacterium smegmatis infection associated with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

Amanda Sevrin, Annette Reboli

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    Abstract

    Mycobacterium smegmatis is an uncommon pathogen in humans that has been associated predominantly with skin and soft tissue infections. Osteomyelitis secondary to direct extension from a surgical or posttraumatic wound has been described. We report a case of a patient with M. smegmatis bacteremia less than 1 month after implantable cardioverter defibrillator placement with subsequent development of vertebral osteomyelitis. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of disseminated disease due to M. smegmatis in an immunocompetent individual.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)349-351
    Number of pages3
    JournalInfectious Diseases in Clinical Practice
    Volume17
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Microbiology (medical)
    • Infectious Diseases

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