Mycobacterium abscessus Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Infection
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
mycobacterium abscessus, non-tuberculous mycobacteria, cns infections, ventricular catheter, rgm
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Infectious Disease | Internal Medicine
Mycobacterium abscessus is a rapidly growing mycobacterium (RGM) known to be abundant in soil, dust and water. Unlike other non-tuberculous mycobacteria, RGM is typically resistant to first-line anti-tuberculosis drugs. These organisms are known to cause community and hospital-acquired infections; however, central nervous system (CNS) infections caused by these pathogens have not been abundantly reported. As the use of vascular catheters and prosthetic devices is becoming more common, a rise in CNS infections secondary to M. abscessus has been noted. Here, we present such a case where the removal of a ventricular catheter was necessary to guarantee source control and eradication of the infection.
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Herrera D, Danyalian A, Kaswan D, et al. Mycobacterium abscessus Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Infection. Cureus. 2021;13(7):e16356. doi:10.7759/cureus.16356