A case of cutaneous mycobacterium abscessus infection

You Jin Han, Hae Young Choi, Ki Bum Myung, You Won Choi

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We report a case of cutaneous Mycobacterium (M.) abscessus infection in a 32-year-old woman who presented with a red infiltrated plaque on her left shin. No history of prior trauma was reported, but she had a history of habitual leg shaving. Skin biopsy specimen showed neutrophilic abscesses with poorly defined granulomas in the lower dermis and subcutaneous tissue, as well as some acid-fast bacilli. The microorganism was identified as M. abscessus by tissue culture and PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) analysis. The patient was treated with clarithromycin and cefaclor for 4 months, and there was no evidence of recurrence at 6 month follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1657-1660
Number of pages4
JournalKorean Journal of Dermatology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Mycobacterium abscessus
  • Skin infection


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