Mycobacterium Fortuitum Bloodstream Infection in a Very Low Birth Weight Preterm Neonate

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Abstract

Mycobacterium fortuitum is a rapidly growing Mycobacterium species that is a rare cause of disease, primarily in immunocompromised patients. We present a very low birth weight preterm neonate who developed M. fortuitum bloodstream infection, where 16S rDNA sequencing allowed accurate identification. Cure was achieved by line removal and adjuvant combination treatment with amikacin, ciprofloxacin and clarithromycin.

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