M203-2

Sputum: Mycobacterium abscessus – Shipped November 02, 2020

HISTORY

A simulated sputum sample collected from a 44 year old with cystic fibrosis patient with purulent sputum was sent to category A laboratories. Participants were expected to isolate, identify, and report the presence of Mycobacterium abscessus.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M203-2

  1. Rapid growing mycobacteria may be isolated in bacteriology laboratories.
  2. Mycobacterium abscessus is an important cause of respiratory infection in patients having cystic fibrosis.
  3. Rods having a beaded gram positive appearance on Gram stain may be acid fast or partially acid fast.

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