Mycobacterium abscessus – to treat or not to treat?

Liam, C.K. and Pang, Y.K. and Ngeow, Y.F. and Wong, Y.L. (2013) Mycobacterium abscessus – to treat or not to treat? Respirology Case Reports. pp. 1-3. DOI

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A patient with Mycobacterium abscessus lung disease was mistaken to have pulmonary tuberculosis with airway colonization by the non-tuberculous mycobacterium. Appropriate antibiotics were only given when the patient’s signs and symptoms worsened while on anti-tuberculosis therapy. Despite treatment with a combination of antibiotics showing in vitro susceptibility, the pathogen persisted in the respiratory secretions for longer than 6 months and the patient suffered a spontaneous pneumothorax 14 months into treatment. This case illustrates the chronic course of M. abscessus lung infection, the tendency for flare-ups, the inadequacy of current treatment regimens, and the necessity for prolonged patient follow-up.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indolent infection; Mycobacterium abscessus; non-tuberculous mycobacterium; sensitivity test; treatment regimen.
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Izzan Ramizah Idris
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2014 09:20
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2014 09:20

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