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J Bone Jt Infect. 2019 Sep 25;4(5):223-226. doi: 10.7150/jbji.36286. eCollection 2019.

Mycobacterium abscessus Prosthetic Joint Infections of the Knee.

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Division of Allergy, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.


M. abscessus complex prosthetic joint infections (PJI) of the knee are rare. We present a patient with an M. abscessus subsp. massiliense, a nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM), peri-prosthetic knee infection who presented with wound drainage followed by sepsis. The published peer-reviewed literature on knee PJIs due to this organism is reviewed to highlight its clinical presentation,symptomatology, microbiology, surgical interventions, antimicrobial regimens, and outcomes.


Knee Arthroplasty; Mycobacterium abscessus; Non-tuberculous mycobacterium.; Prosthetic Joint Infections; Rapidly Growing Mycobacteria

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

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