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.
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. ;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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