Mycobacterium marinum infection in a lung transplant recipient

Fernando Torres, Tony Hodges, Martin R. Zamora

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Abstract

We report a case of Mycobacterium marinum infection in a lung transplant recipient who presented with nodules on the hand and forearm following exposure to fish-tank water of a superficial hand burn. Skin biopsy revealed granulomatous inflammation and fibrosis. Tissue culture grew Mycobacterium marinum. The patient underwent surgical excision of the lesions and treatment with ethambutol and azithromycin for 12 months and experienced complete resolution of the infection. Transplant recipients who receive immunosuppressive therapy are at increased risk for opportunistic infections. For a patient with nodular lesions on the extremities, exposure to fish, fish-tank water, or swimming should suggest infection with Mycobacterium marinum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)486-489
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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Fishes
Lung
Hand
Mycobacterium marinum
Ethambutol
Azithromycin
Water
Opportunistic Infections
Immunosuppressive Agents
Forearm
Fibrosis
Extremities
Inflammation
Biopsy
Skin
Therapeutics
Infection
Transplant Recipients
Infection with Mycobacterium marinum

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

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Mycobacterium marinum infection in a lung transplant recipient. / Torres, Fernando; Hodges, Tony; Zamora, Martin R.

In: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2001, p. 486-489.

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Torres, Fernando ; Hodges, Tony ; Zamora, Martin R. / Mycobacterium marinum infection in a lung transplant recipient. In: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2001 ; Vol. 20, No. 4. pp. 486-489.
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