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CASE REPORT
Deep infection with Mycobacterium marinum: successful treatment of a frequently misdiagnosed disease
  1. Roxana Pop1,
  2. Lea Estermann2,
  3. Bettina Schulthess3 and
  4. Nadia Eberhard1
  1. 1 UniversitätsSpital Zurich, Klinik für Infektionskrankheiten und Spitalhygiene, Universität Zurich Hauptbibliothek Medizin Careum, Zurich, Switzerland
  2. 2 Fachbereich Handchirurgie, Schulthess Klinik, Zurich, Switzerland
  3. 3 Institut für medizinische Mikrobiologie, Universität Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Roxana Pop, roxana.pop1{at}gmail.com

Abstract

We report a rare yet typical presentation of a severe infection with Mycobacterium marinum that affected the deep structure of the hand and wrist of a 43-old fish breeder. A combination therapy of surgical debridement and antibiotic treatment with clarithromycin and ethambutol for 6 months led to a total resolution of the symptoms. Intensive rehabilitation completely restored the function of the hand.

  • infections
  • bone and joint infections
  • drugs: infectious diseases
  • radiology
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  • Contributors NE contributed to the plan, conception and design as well as interpretation of the data. LE contributed by providing MRI pictures and a part of the clinical pictures of the hand. BS contributed by the acquisition and analysis and interpretation of the microbiological data. Myself, RP, I am the corresponding author and contributed to the conduction, plan, conception and design of the work, as well as to the acquisition and analysis/interpretation of the data.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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