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CASE REPORT
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 213-215

Mycobacterium chelonae empyema with bronchopleural fistula in an immunocompetent patient


Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah - 215 89, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Siraj Wali
Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah - 215 89, P.O.Box: 80215
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.56004

PMID: 19881169

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Mycobacterium chelonae is one of the rapidly growing mycobacteria that rarely cause lung disease . M chelonae more commonly causes skin and soft tissue infections primarily in immunosuppressed individuals. Thoracic empyema caused by rapidly growing mycobacteria and complicated with bronchopleural fistula is rarely reported, especially in immunocompetent patients. In this article we report the first immunocompetent Arabian patient presented with M chelonae- related empyema with bronchopleural fistula which mimics, clinically and radiologically, empyema caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.


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