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Chronic Cutaneous Infection Caused by Mycobacterium gordonae -A Case Report and Review of Literature-
Pi-Fen Lai, Wei-Cheng Lu, Tsen-Fang Tsai
Dermatol Sinica 15: 285-289, 1997

Mycobacterium gordonae was considered one of the least pathogenic bacillus of mycobacterium other than tuberculosis(MOTT), but there are now well-documented reports of infection varying from localized cutaneous infection to disseminated life-threatening diseases. We report a 35-year-old healthy man with chronic cutaneous infection caused by M. gordonae. The clinical feature was one erythematous nodule on the dorsum of right hand for more than six months. The histopathologic picture showed many acid-fast bacilli and caseation necrosis, which was compatible with the diagnosis of mycobacterial infection. The bacteriologic investigations identified a strain displaying characteristics of Mycobacterium gordonae. We also review all four cases of cutaneous infection attributed to M. gordonae reported in the literature.

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