Disseminated Mycobacterium gordonae infection in a child with cystic fibrosis

Nitin Verma, David Spencer
Pediatric Pulmonology 2012, 47 (5): 517-8
A 4-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis (CF) presented with unrelenting pyrexia commencing shortly after flushing of the central venous catheter (CVC). Mycobacterium gordonae was subsequently isolated from bronchoalveolar lavage, gastric washings, and lung biopsy. While this case most likely represents central line infection by a non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) species, it is difficult to state this definitively in the absence of positive cultures from the CVC. We suggest that infection with NTM should always be considered in CF patients with indwelling devices and unexplained fever.

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