Mycobacterium fortuitum Infection at Umbilical Hernioplasty SiteCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Rahul Magazine,
Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Kasturba Medical College,
Manipal University, Manipal-576104, Karnataka, India.
Non Tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) are a group of rapidly growing mycobacteria and are generally considered to be of low virulence. Of late, there has been an increase in incidence of infections due to these organisms. Among them, Mycobacterium fortuitum, M. chelonae and M. abscessus are the common species which have been identified. Though they are occasionally implicated in pulmonary infections, NTM are very commonly associated with cutaneous infections, especially surgical site infections. Identification of NTM infection at such sites should be suspected when there is delayed healing of the wound. Histopathological Examination (HPE) of the wound site may reveal a classical picture of granulomas, epithelioid cells and giant cells which may lead to a suspicion of tuberculosis. It is important to perform mycobacterial culture and sensitivity testing of the wound tissue as this helps to differentiate tuberculous and non tuberculous infections. Here, we present a case of a patient who underwent mesh hernioplasty for umbilical hernia and was diagnosed with M. fortuitum infection at the site of umbilical hernioplasty.
Granuloma, Mycobacterial culture, Non-tuberculous mycobacteria
Bharti Chogtu, Daliparty Vasudev Malik, Rahul Magazine, Vishnu Prasad Shenoy. MYCOBACTERIUM FORTUITUM INFECTION AT UMBILICAL HERNIOPLASTY SITE. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 September [cited: 2017 Sep 21 ]; 11:OD01-OD02. Available from
Date of Submission: Jan 07, 2017
Date of Peer Review: Feb 21, 2017
Date of Acceptance: May 30, 2017
Date of Publishing: Sep 01, 2017
FINANCIAL OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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