Successful Diagnosis of Intestinal Mycobacterium avium Complex Infection in a Kidney Transplant Recipient Using Nasogastric Aspirate Culture: A Case Report

J. B. Parr, A. M. Lachiewicz, D. van Duin, P. P. Chong

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Abstract

Intestinal Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infections are rare and can be challenging to diagnose. We describe a case of intestinal MAC infection in a kidney transplant recipient with 5 months of unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain who developed intestinal obstruction. Esophagoduodenoscopy with biopsies was performed but was nondiagnostic. Intestinal MAC was diagnosed via nasogastric aspirate culture results. The patient's symptoms rapidly improved after initiation of appropriate treatment, but he later died of aspiration pneumonia and candidemia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2362-2364
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation proceedings
Volume49
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

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