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Infection with a Fastidious Mycobacterium Resembling Mycobacterium simiae in Seven Patients with AIDS

Anna Wald, MD; Marie B. Coyle, PhD; LaDonna C. Carlson, BS; Robert L. Thompson, MD; and Thomas M. Hooton, MD
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Requests for Reprints: Thomas M. Hooton, MD, Harborview Madison Clinic, ZA-09, 1001 Broadway, Suite 206, Seattle, WA 98122.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Wald: University of Washington, c/o Children's Hospital Medical Center, P.O. Box C-5371, 4800 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105.

Dr. Coyle and Ms. Carlson: Department of Laboratory Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, ZA-52, Seattle, WA 98104. Dr. Thompson: Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, 201 16th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112.

Dr. Hooton: Harborview Madison Clinic, ZA-09, 1001 Broadway, Suite 206, Seattle, WA 98122.

Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(7):586-589. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-7-586
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A fatal infection with an unidentified acid-fast bacillus was recently reported in a patient with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) (1). The organism could not be cultured but was provisionally classified as a mycobacterium on the basis of electron microscopy and cell-wall lipid analysis. We report the clinical characteristics of seven patients with AIDS from whom we isolated a similar, unusually fastidious mycobacterium that we have been unable to identify definitively using standard methods.


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