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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2007 Mar;57(3):337-9. Epub 2006 Oct 3.

Pacemaker infection due to Mycobacterium fortuitum: the role of universal 16S rRNA gene PCR and sequencing.

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Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, 28007 Madrid, Spain.


Rapidly growing mycobacteria are a rare cause of pacemaker infection. A low index of suspicion and conventional diagnostic methods may delay diagnosis. We present a review of the literature and report a case of pacemaker infection due to Mycobacterium fortuitum rapidly detected by universal 16S rRNA gene polymerase chain reaction and sequencing.

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