Mycobacterium nebraskense as a cause of nodular pulmonary disease

Swathy Puthalapattu, Mark L Metersky
Connecticut Medicine 2011, 75 (9): 527-9
Mycobacterium nebraskense is a scotochromogenic mycobacterium first isolated from sputum samples of five patients at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. M. nebraskense was first identified as a pathogen in an immunocompetent host, also in Nebraska. In this case report, we describe a patient with nodular pulmonary disease most likely due to M. nebraskense, who was successfully treated with rifampin and azithromycin, representing the first case in which this organism was a pathogen outside of Nebraska and the first description of successful treatment of this infection.

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