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

Authors Veraldi S, Pontini P, Nazzaro G

Received 11 July 2018

Accepted for publication 4 September 2018

Published 30 October 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 2069—2071

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IDR.S179815

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Suresh Antony


Stefano Veraldi, Paolo Pontini, Gianluca Nazzaro

Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, Università degli Studi di Milano, I.R.C.C.S. Foundation, Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy

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.

Keywords: cook, Mycobacterium marinum, clarithromycin, amputation

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