Mycobacterium fortuitum

Common Name(s)

Mycobacterium fortuitum

Mycobacterium fortuitum is a type of fast-growing bacteria (nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM)). This bacterium can be found in water, dirt, and sewage, and is not limited to a particular geographical area. Infection typically occurs when the bacteria enters wounds, sometimes after surgery. Individuals who have suppressed immune systems are at the highest risk of being infected.

Symptoms of infection with mycobacterium fortuitum vary based on the location of infection but generally include fever, night sweats, tiredness, and weight loss. This infection can also cause lung disease with a chronic cough. Other symptoms include skin disease appearing poorly healing wounds, inflammation of bones (osteomyelitis), joint infections, or eye disease. In individuals with suppressed immune systems, an infection may lead to infection of the heart tissue or valves (endocarditis).

Mycobacterium fortuitum infection can be diagnosed using a sputum sample, which involves coughing deeply to expel the sputum, or using another sample from the affected tissue. A swab from the infected area will be grown (cultured) to look for the presence of mycobacterium fortuitum. This is important in order to eliminate fungus as a possible cause of infection, especially if the individual has respiratory symptoms. A confirmed mycobacterium fortuitum infection is treated with antibiotics. If you have been diagnosed with a mycobacterium fortuitum infection, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are available for more information and resources.

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The terms "Mycobacterium fortuitum" returned 73 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Septicemia and pneumonia due to Mycobacterium fortuitum infection in a patient with extronodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type: A case report.
 

Author(s): Jia Cong, Chenxi Wang, Li Ma, Shaoya Zhang, Jingwen Wang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 May;96(18):e6800.

 

Mycobacterium fortuitum (M.fortuitum) is one of the rapidly growing nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) that is widespread in the environment. M.fortuitum can cause different types of disease including pulmonary disease, lymphadenitis, cutaneous disease, and disseminated disease. However, ...

Last Updated: 4 May 2017

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Complicated skin and soft tissue infection with Mycobacterium fortuitum following excision of a sebaceous cyst in Taiwan.
 

Author(s): Shih-Chen Tsai, Li-Hsin Chen, Hsien-Hua Liao, Chih-Yu Chiang, Wea-Lung Lin, Shiuan-Chih Chen, Shih-Ming Tsao, Hung-Chang Hung, Yuan-Ti Lee

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Mycobacterium fortuitum group (M. fortuitum), also known as rapidly growing Mycobacteria, can cause pyogenic infections in human beings, most commonly in immunocompromised patients. Herein, we present a 40-year-old immunocompetent male patient who underwent planned excision of a ...

Last Updated: 30 Dec 2016

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Resistance profile of strains of Mycobacterium fortuitum isolated from clinical specimens.
 

Author(s): Debora Ribeiro de Souza Santos, Maria Cristina Silva Lourenço, Fábrice Santana Coelho, Fernanda Carvalho Queiroz Mello, Rafael Silva Duarte

Journal: J Bras Pneumol. ;42(4):299-301.

 

Last Updated: 10 Nov 2016

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The terms "Mycobacterium fortuitum" returned 9 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Mycobacterium fortuitum as a cause of peritoneal dialysis catheter port infection. A clinical case and a review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Ana Belén Martínez López, Olalla Álvarez Blanco, María Jesús Ruíz Serrano, María Dolores Morales San-José, Augusto Luque de Pablos

Journal: Nefrologia. ;35(6):584-6.

 

Last Updated: 28 Dec 2015

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Mycobacterium fortuitum breast abscess after nipple piercing.
 

Author(s): Khurram Abbass, Muhammad K Adnan, Ronald J Markert, Mimi Emig, Nasir A Khan

Journal: Can Fam Physician. 2014 Jan;60(1):51-2.

 

Last Updated: 23 Jan 2014

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Mycobacterium fortuitum as a cause of peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis: case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Simon H Jiang, Darren M Roberts, Andrew H Dawson, Meg Jardine

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Peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis (PD-peritonitis) due to Mycobacterium spp is uncommon. Non-tuberculous Mycobacterium (NTB) PD-peritonitis can present in a similar fashion to more common causes of bacterial PD-peritonitis. We describe the first reported case of multiresistant ...

Last Updated: 17 Sep 2012

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