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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2002 Jan;126(1):73-5.

Mycobacterium mucogenicum isolated from a patient with granulomatous hepatitis.

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College of Osteopathic Medicine, The University of Health Sciences, Kansas City, MO, USA.


Mycobacterium mucogenicum is a recently characterized, rapid-growing mycobacteria rarely seen in human infections. We describe the case of a 51-year-old man with rapidly progressive granulomatous hepatitis caused by M. mucogenicum. Although premortem evaluation failed to identify an etiologic agent, autopsy liver cultures produced smooth, rapid-growing mycobacterial colonies. Biochemical, growth, and cell wall fatty acid characteristics were consistent with the identification of M. mucogenicum.

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