Pulmonary disease due to Mycobacterium fortuitum in a Nigerian

R. E. Pust, H. O.N. Onubogu, L. I. Egornu, R. Smithwick

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Mycobacterium fortuitum was implicated as the cause of pulmonary disease resembling tuberculosis in a 65 yr old Nigerian farmer. The apparent lack of person to person spread and low degree of clinical virulence despite continued presence in the sputum of large numbers of acid fast bacilli despite antituberculous chemotherapy, as demonstrated in this patient, are often distinguishing features of disease caused by M. fortuitum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1416-1420
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1973
Externally publishedYes

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  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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