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Mycobacterium phlei, a previously unreported cause of pacemaker infection: thinking outside the box in cardiac device infections.

Authors
  • Karnam, Showri
  • Alla, Venkata M
  • Kwon, Joong
  • Harbert, Tracey
  • Sharma, Akhilesh
  • Airey, Kelly
  • Mooss, Aryan
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cardiology journal
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Volume
18
Issue
6
Pages
687–690
Identifiers
PMID: 22113758
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The increased use of cardiac rhythm management devices has led to an increase in cardiac device-related infections (CDI). Staphylococcus aureus and epidermidis account for the vast majority of CDI. CDI due to rapidly growing non-tuberculous mycobacteria is very rare, with only about ten cases having been reported. We report a case of pacemaker pocket infection with Mycobacterium phlei. There are only three published reports of human infection involving this typically non-pathogenic organism. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of CDI with Mycobacterium phlei.

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