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BACKGROUND: Iatrogenic skin and soft tissue infections by rapidly growing mycobacteria are described with increasing frequency, especially among immunocompromised patients. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we present an immunocompetent patient with extensive Mycobacterium fortuitum skin and soft tissue infections after subcutaneous injections to relieve joint pains by a Vietnamese traditional medicine practitioner. Moreover, we present dilemmas faced in less resourceful settings, influencing patient management. CONCLUSION: This case illustrates the pathogenic potential of rapid growing mycobacteria in medical or non-medical skin penetrating procedures, their world-wide distribution and demonstrates the dilemmas faced in settings with fewer resources.

Original publication

DOI

10.1186/s12879-014-0550-z

Type

Journal article

Journal

BMC Infect Dis

Publication Date

11/11/2014

Volume

14

Keywords

Diagnosis, Differential, Female, Humans, Immunocompromised Host, Injections, Subcutaneous, Medicine, Traditional, Middle Aged, Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous, Mycobacterium fortuitum, Skin Diseases, Bacterial, Soft Tissue Infections, Vietnam