Mycobacterium fortuitum peritonitis associated with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis

Choi, C.W.; Cha, D.R.; Kwon, Y.J.; Cho, W.Y.; Pyo, H.J.; Kim, H.K.

Korean Journal of Internal Medicine 8(1): 25-27


ISSN/ISBN: 1226-3303
PMID: 8268143
Accession: 068677605

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Runyon group IV atypical mycobacteria, Mycobacterium fortuitum, is an environmental organism and is capable of producing a variety of clinical infections such as cutaneous infection, abscess and pulmonary and ocular infection. Rarely, it has been a documented cause of peritonitis in patients receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). We report a case of M. fortuitum peritonitis in a patient undergoing CAPD and emphasize the importance of mycobacterial cultures in patients with CAPD-associated peritonitis whose routine culturing yields no organisms repeatedly.