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Chronic Cutaneous <i>Mycobacterium haemophilum</i> Infection Acquired from Coral Injury

Stephanie Smith, Geoffrey D. Taylor and E. Anne Fanning

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue 7, pages e100-e101
Published in print October 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/377267
Chronic Cutaneous Mycobacterium haemophilum Infection Acquired from Coral Injury

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A 61-year-old previously healthy man developed chronic dermal granulomata in his right arm after receiving a coral injury in Thailand. After 7 biopsies, infection caused by Mycobacterium haemophilum was diagnosed. This case highlights the difficulty of isolating this fastidious organism in the laboratory and suggests that seawater or coral was the source of the infection.

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

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