J Bone Jt Infect 2019; 4(5):223-226. doi:10.7150/jbji.36286

Case Report

Mycobacterium abscessus Prosthetic Joint Infections of the Knee

Lydie Nengue1, Mark Anthony A. Diaz1, Courtney E. Sherman2, Arveen Bhasin3, Claudia R. Libertin1 ✉

1. Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
2. Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
3. Division of Allergy, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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Nengue L, Diaz MAA, Sherman CE, Bhasin A, Libertin CR. Mycobacterium abscessus Prosthetic Joint Infections of the Knee. J Bone Jt Infect 2019; 4(5):223-226. doi:10.7150/jbji.36286. Available from http://www.jbji.net/v04p0223.htm

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Abstract

M. abscessus complex prosthetic joint infections (PJI) of the knee are rare. We present a patient with an M. abscessus subsp. massiliense, a nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM), peri-prosthetic knee infection who presented with wound drainage followed by sepsis. The published peer-reviewed literature on knee PJIs due to this organism is reviewed to highlight its clinical presentation,symptomatology, microbiology, surgical interventions, antimicrobial regimens, and outcomes.

Keywords: Mycobacterium abscessus, Prosthetic Joint Infections, Knee Arthroplasty, Rapidly Growing Mycobacteria, Non-tuberculous mycobacterium.