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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2017 Aug;36(8):800-802. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001592.

Mycobacterium Fortuitum Bloodstream Infection in a Very Low Birth Weight Preterm Neonate.

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From the *Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; †Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; ‡Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, §Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, and ¶Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Mycobacterium fortuitum is a rapidly growing Mycobacterium species that is a rare cause of disease, primarily in immunocompromised patients. We present a very low birth weight preterm neonate who developed M. fortuitum bloodstream infection, where 16S rDNA sequencing allowed accurate identification. Cure was achieved by line removal and adjuvant combination treatment with amikacin, ciprofloxacin and clarithromycin.

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