Journal Article

<i>Mycobacterium kansasii</i> Infections in Patients with Cancer

Kalen L. Jacobson, Ramón Teira, Herman I. Libshitz, Issam Raad, Kenneth V. I. Rolston, Jeffrey Tarrand and Estella Whimbey

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 31, issue 2, pages 628-631
Published in print August 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online August 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
Mycobacterium kansasii Infections in Patients with Cancer

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Mycobacterium kansasii was isolated from 25 patients with cancer who were cared for at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (Houston) from January 1987 through December 1996. Two patients (8%) had disseminated disease, and 23 (92%) had pleuropulmonary isolates only. Signs and symptoms of mycobacterial infection at the time of diagnosis were often minimal or absent despite substantial radiographically evident involvement. The infections responded well to rifampin-based antimycobacterial regimens. M. kansasii is an infrequent but serious cause of pulmonary and, occasionally, disseminated disease in patients with cancer.

Journal Article.  1357 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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