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J Clin Microbiol. 2004 Jun;42(6):2858-60.

Hernia repair mesh-associated Mycobacterium goodii infection.

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  • 1Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA.


We report on a patient with an abdominal wall abscess that developed after an inguinal hernia repair that utilized synthetic mesh. Mycobacterium goodii, a recently recognized, rapidly growing mycobacterium related to M. smegmatis, was isolated both from the abdominal wall aspirate and from surgically drained material. Infection resolved following thorough debridement, mesh removal, and prolonged antimicrobial therapy. This case report extends our understanding of the spectrum of M. goodii infection.

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