Mycobacterium fortuitum skin infections after subcutaneous injections with Vietnamese traditional medicine: a case report.
Lan NPH., Kolader M-E., Van Dung N., Campbell JI., Tham NT., Chau NVV., van Doorn HR., Le DH.
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.