M144-5

Wound (breast): Mycobacterium chelonae  – Shipped February 2015

HISTORY

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

  1. Rapidly growing mycobacteria (RGM) are opportunistic pathogens and may cause a variety of soft-tissue infections.
  2. RGM grow on basic culture media and should be suspected based upon their appearance in the Gram stain (see companion Gram stain challenge G144).

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