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Case Reports
Published online: 2011-11-23
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Mycobacterium phlei, a previously unreported cause of pacemaker infection: Thinking outside the box in cardiac device infections

Showri Karnam, Venkata M. Alla, Joong Kwon, Tracey Harbert, Akhilesh Sharma, Kelly Airey, Aryan Mooss
Cardiol J 2011;18(6):687-690.

open access

Vol 18, No 6 (2011)
Case Reports
Published online: 2011-11-23
Submitted: 2013-01-14

Abstract

The increased use of cardiac rhythm management devices has led to an increase in cardiac device-related infections (CDI). Staphylococcus aureus and epidermidis account for the vast majority of CDI. CDI due to rapidly growing non-tuberculous mycobacteria is very rare, with only about ten cases having been reported. We report a case of pacemaker pocket infection with Mycobacterium phlei. There are only three published reports of human infection involving this typically non-pathogenic organism. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of CDI with Mycobacterium phlei. (Cardiol J 2011; 18, 6: 687–690)

Abstract

The increased use of cardiac rhythm management devices has led to an increase in cardiac device-related infections (CDI). Staphylococcus aureus and epidermidis account for the vast majority of CDI. CDI due to rapidly growing non-tuberculous mycobacteria is very rare, with only about ten cases having been reported. We report a case of pacemaker pocket infection with Mycobacterium phlei. There are only three published reports of human infection involving this typically non-pathogenic organism. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of CDI with Mycobacterium phlei. (Cardiol J 2011; 18, 6: 687–690)
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Keywords

cardiac device infection; non-tuberculous mycobacteria; pacemaker pocket infection; Mycobacterium phlei

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Title

Mycobacterium phlei, a previously unreported cause of pacemaker infection: Thinking outside the box in cardiac device infections

Journal

Cardiology Journal

Issue

Vol 18, No 6 (2011)

Pages

687-690

Published online

2011-11-23

Bibliographic record

Cardiol J 2011;18(6):687-690.

Keywords

cardiac device infection
non-tuberculous mycobacteria
pacemaker pocket infection
Mycobacterium phlei

Authors

Showri Karnam
Venkata M. Alla
Joong Kwon
Tracey Harbert
Akhilesh Sharma
Kelly Airey
Aryan Mooss

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