A case of subcutaneous abscess with Mycobacteria chelonae infection

Jin Kim Youn Jin Kim, Won Choi Yoo Won Choi, Young Choi Hae Young Choi, Bum Myung Ki Bum Myung

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We describe localized subcutaneous abscesses on the right axilla of a 34-year-old woman due to M. chelonae infection in the previous incision and drainage site. The infection responded to treatment with anti-Tb medication. Mycobacterium chelonae is one of the rapidly growing atypical mycobacteria, belonging to Runyon group IV, which is ubiquitous in the environment. Primary cutaneous infections have been described after skin injury in immunocompetent patients and produce chronic nodule or draining abscesses. Disseminated infections have been reported in immunocompromised patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1777-1781
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Journal of Dermatology
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1999


  • Mycobacterium chelonae
  • Subcutaneous abscess


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