Fatal pulmonary infection with Mycobacterium celatum in an apparently immunocompetent patient

I Bux-Gewehr, H P Hagen, S Rüsch-Gerdes, G E Feurle
Journal of Clinical Microbiology 1998, 36 (2): 587-8
Mycobacterium celatum is a recently described mycobacterium isolated from patients who have suppressed cell-mediated immunity, such as AIDS. We present here, to our knowledge, the first report of a fatal pulmonary infection caused by M. celatum in a 73-year-old immunocompetent female patient. The mycobacterium was identified by a 16S rRNA sequence analysis.

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