Wound (breast): Mycobacterium chelonae – Shipped February 2015
A simulated breast wound swab collected from a 34 year old female patient with breast implants was sent to category A laboratories.
Participants were expected to isolate and report Mycobacterium chelonae.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M144-5
- Rapidly growing mycobacteria (RGM) are opportunistic pathogens and may cause a variety of soft-tissue infections.
- RGM grow on basic culture media and should be suspected based upon their appearance in the Gram stain (see companion Gram stain challenge G144).