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A Case of Skin and Soft Tissue Infection by Mycobacterium abscessus

Case report

Annals of Clinical Microbiology (Ann Clin Microbiol) 2005 December Volume 8, Issue 2, pages 198-201.

A Case of Skin and Soft Tissue Infection by Mycobacterium abscessus

Nam Hee Ryoo, Won Mok Lee, Jung Sook Ha, Dong Suk Jeon, Jae Ryong Kim, Dae Gu Sohn1 and Shin Woo Kim2
Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Plastic Surgery1, Keimyung University School of Medicine; and Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine2, Kyungpook University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea


A 36-year-old female who initially presented with a small erythematous and swollen abscess on her left anterior tibial area was found out to have a cutaneous Mycobacterium abscessus infection. She was first treated with incision and drainage, dressing, and antibiotics. The lesion began to be aggravated and dispersed. Neither aerobic nor anaerobic bacteria was grown on blood agar plate. After a few weeks, Mycobacterium grew on Ogawa media after 6 days, and was identified as M. abscessus by PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism. She was then treated with clarithromycin, levofloxacin, and amikacin, and the skin lesion was resolved without further recurrence. (Korean J Clin Microbiol 2005;8(2):198-201)


Mycobacterium abscessus, Skin infection, PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism