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Am Surg. 1999 Nov;65(11):1035-7.

Ventral hernia synthetic mesh repair infected by Mycobacterium fortuitum.

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Department of Surgery, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona 85008, USA.


We report the occurrence of a refractory infection caused by the "rapidly growing" nontuberculous mycobacterium, Mycobacterium fortuitum, after incisional hernia repair using synthetic mesh. The patient had previously undergone three herniorrhaphies incorporating polypropylene mesh. Multiple surgical debridements were required, along with complete removal of all the mesh, to eradicate the infection. Prolonged antimicrobial therapy with sulfamethoxazole, an agent active against the patient's isolate, was also used. Although this atypical mycobacterium has been reported to cause a variety of infections, including many types of periprosthetic infections, this case represents successful treatment of M. fortuitum infecting abdominal wall mesh.

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