Amputation of a finger in a patient with multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium marinum skin infection

Stefano Veraldi, Paolo Pontini, Gianluca Nazzaro

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Abstract

Mycobacterium marinum is the etiologic agent of fish tank granuloma. The clinical course is usually benign: spontaneous healing is possible within weeks or months. However, fish tank granuloma is sometimes resistant to several antibiotics. We report a case of M. marinum infection of a finger in a 73-year-old cook. The disease was resistant to a number of antibiotics and required the amputation. The history of this patient testifies that M. marinum can be resistant to several antibiotics and that skin infections can be sometimes so severe as to require the amputation of a finger.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2069-2071
Number of pages3
JournalInfection and Drug Resistance
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Amputation
  • Clarithromycin
  • Cook
  • Mycobacterium marinum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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