Mycobacterium fortuitum infection in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis

Hod, T.; Kushnir, R.; Paitan, Y.; Korzets, Z.

Clinical Nephrology 70(6): 546-553


ISSN/ISBN: 0301-0430
PMID: 19049716
Accession: 054518413

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Mycobacterium fortuitum group species is an atypical rapidly growing nontuberculous mycobacterium. It has been increasingly recognized as a potential pathogen mostly encountered in skin and soft tissue infections. Rarely, however, it has been associated with catheter-related infections, either central venous lines or peritoneal dialysis catheters. In this report we describe 2 patients maintained on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis who developed Mycobacterium fortuitum peritonitis and a catheter tunnel abscess, respectively. Molecular biology identification of the isolates was performed in both cases. The literature is reviewed regarding all similar cases.