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Dermatol Surg. 1997 Jul;23(7):539-43.

A surgical wound infection due to Mycobacterium chelonae successfully treated with clarithromycin.

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University of Michigan Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109-0314, USA.



Mycobacterium chelonae is an uncommon but recognized cause of chronic localized cutaneous infection at a site of penetrating trauma or a surgical wound.


The problem faced by physicians encountering an infection by M. chelonae is often response to therapy, which may be highly variable.


We describe an immunocompetent patient who developed a localized infection due to M. chelonae following surgery for a basal cell carcinoma of the lower leg.


The infection responded to treatment with clarithromycin.


The clinical efficacy of clarithromycin and the salient features of M. chelonae infection and its treatment are discussed.

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