Annals of Thoracic Medicine
CASE REPORT
Year
: 2009  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 213--215

Mycobacterium chelonae empyema with bronchopleural fistula in an immunocompetent patient


Siraj Wali 
 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

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.


How to cite this article:
Wali S. Mycobacterium chelonae empyema with bronchopleural fistula in an immunocompetent patient.Ann Thorac Med 2009;4:213-215


How to cite this URL:
Wali S. Mycobacterium chelonae empyema with bronchopleural fistula in an immunocompetent patient. Ann Thorac Med [serial online] 2009 [cited 2022 Aug 20 ];4:213-215
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