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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2009 Mar;63(3):292-5. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2008.12.002.

Molecular identification of Mycobacterium chimaera as a cause of infection in a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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  • 1i(3)Bio, LLC, Omaha, NE 68022, USA.


This report describes a case of Mycobacterium chimaera infection in a patient with a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease where the organism was identified by using molecular methods. M. chimaera was identified from fresh lung tissue and from an instrument-negative mycobacterial growth indicator tube broth culture. The utility of using sequence analysis of the internal transcribed spacer region for the rapid identification of a slow-growing nontuberculous Mycobacterium spp. where conventional culture methods were not successful was shown.

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