JOEL N. KURITSKY, M.D.; MICHAEL G. BULLEN, M.D.; CLAIRE V. BROOME, M.D.; VELLA A. SILCOX, M.S.; ROBERT C. GOOD, Ph.D.; RICHARD J. WALLACE Jr., M.D.
Sternal wound infections after surgery occur in 0.5% to 6% of all patients requiring sternotomy incisions (1-4). Most infections have been due to staphylococci and aerobic gram-negative organisms, although fungal agents have also been implicated (1, 2, 4-7). Recently two outbreaks of sternal wound infection due to organisms of the Mycobacterium fortuitum complex have been reported; however, the method of transmission could not be found (8). We report an outbreak of sternal wound infection, endocarditis, and saphenous graft-site infection due to M. fortuitum organisms in which an environmental source was implicated in patients who had had cardiac surgery.
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KURITSKY JN, BULLEN MG, BROOME CV, SILCOX VA, GOOD RC, WALLACE RJ. Sternal Wound Infections and Endocarditis Due to Organisms of the Mycobacterium fortuitum Complex. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:938–939. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-6-938
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(6):938-939.
Cardiology, Endocarditis, Infectious Disease.
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