A case of mycobacterium fortuitum infection at the site of acupuncture

Yoon Jin Choi, Hee Jung Lee, Kyu Yeop Lee, Dong Jin Ryu, Mingeol Lee

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Abstract

Mycobacterial infections that are transmitted by acupuncture are an emerging problem. M. fortuitum is one of the rapid-growing atypical mycobacteria and this infection usually follows a puncture wound or a surgical procedure. We report here on a case of M. fortuitum infection following an acupuncture procedure. A 37-year-old woman presented with indurations and ulcerations of both popliteal fossae after undergoing acupuncture. The skin biopsy specimen showed suppurative inflammation with a lymphocytic infiltration, and the Ziehl-Neelsen stain for AFB was negative. Bacterial culture of the tissue fluid was negative. The culture of the tissue specimen and polymerase chain reaction revealed M. fortuitum. The infection responded to 10 weeks of treatment with isoniazid, rifampin and ethambutol, and four months of treatment with rifampin. Despite of the increasing popularity of acupuncture, the importance of infection control has not been adequately emphasized in oriental medicine. Education for proper infection control, including aseptic practice, is necessary for oriental medical doctors and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-758
Number of pages4
JournalKorean Journal of Dermatology
Volume47
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jun 1

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Mycobacterium fortuitum
Mycobacterium Infections
Acupuncture
Rifampin
Infection Control
Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Infections
East Asian Traditional Medicine
Ethambutol
Isoniazid
Infection
Punctures
Coloring Agents
Inflammation
Biopsy
Education
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Skin
Wounds and Injuries
Therapeutics

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Choi, Y. J., Lee, H. J., Lee, K. Y., Ryu, D. J., & Lee, M. (2009). A case of mycobacterium fortuitum infection at the site of acupuncture. Korean Journal of Dermatology, 47(6), 755-758.
Choi, Yoon Jin ; Lee, Hee Jung ; Lee, Kyu Yeop ; Ryu, Dong Jin ; Lee, Mingeol. / A case of mycobacterium fortuitum infection at the site of acupuncture. In: Korean Journal of Dermatology. 2009 ; Vol. 47, No. 6. pp. 755-758.
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A case of mycobacterium fortuitum infection at the site of acupuncture. / Choi, Yoon Jin; Lee, Hee Jung; Lee, Kyu Yeop; Ryu, Dong Jin; Lee, Mingeol.

In: Korean Journal of Dermatology, Vol. 47, No. 6, 01.06.2009, p. 755-758.

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