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CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 82-84

Pacemaker site infection caused by Rapidly Growing Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (RGM)


1 Department of Microbiology, CARE Hospital, The Institute of Medical Sciences, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Cardiology, CARE Hospital, The Institute of Medical Sciences, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
3 Department of General Surgery, CARE Hospital, The Institute of Medical Sciences, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jhansi Vani Devana
CARE Hospital, The Institute of Medical Sciences, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034, Telangana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/bbrj.bbrj_6_18

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There has been an increased use of cardiac pacemaker device utilization in cardiac patients with a corresponding increase of device-related infections in these patients. The common cause of postpacemaker implantation infection is either Gram-positive or Gram-negative bacteria. Infection of pacemaker implantation site due to nontuberculous mycobacteria is rare. Globally, thirty-two cases of pacemaker device infections caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria were reported. It is important to carry out not only species identification of mycobacteria but also drug susceptibility testing to start precise treatment to those patients, who are infected with atypical mycobacteria. We report a patient with pacemaker pocket infection due to Mycobacterium chelonae.


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