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J Bone Jt Infect. 2019 Aug 6;4(4):194-197. doi: 10.7150/jbji.35703. eCollection 2019.

Mycobacterium Avium Prosthetic Hip Infection on Abatacept Presenting as Fever of Unknown Origin.

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Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center.
Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Kansas Medical Center.


Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are well-described pulmonary pathogens in patients with underlying lung disease. Extra-pulmonary infections with NTM are rare. We describe a prosthetic hip infection with Mycobacterium avium complex. Increased immunosuppressing medications and number of total joint replacements are expected to increase the prevalence of NTM infections in the future.


MAC; immunosuppression; joint infection; prosthetic joint

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Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.

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