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Against All Odds: Molecular Confirmation of an Implausible Case of Bone Tuberculosis

Caroline Loïez, Eve Willery, J.-Louis Legrand, Véronique Vincent, Maria Cristina Gutierrez, René J. Courcol and Philip Supply

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 42, issue 11, pages e86-e88
Published in print June 2006 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2006 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/503571
Against All Odds: Molecular Confirmation of an Implausible Case of Bone Tuberculosis

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We report the use of typing based on a variable number of tandem repeats of genetic elements called “mycobacterial interspersed repetitive units” to clarify a puzzling situation involving a patient with an exceptional case of spondylodiskitis that initially led to the suspicion of a possible event of laboratory cross-contamination with Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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

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