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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.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

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

OBJECTIVE:

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

METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

The infection responded to treatment with clarithromycin.

CONCLUSION:

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

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PMID:
9236871
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