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Revista chilena de infectología

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LIZASO, Diego; GARCIA, Mercedes; AGUIRRE, Ana  and  ESPOSTO, Amadeo. Breast implant infection by Mycobacterium fortuitum in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2011, vol.28, n.5, pp.474-478. ISSN 0716-1018.

In recent decades there has been an increase in the number of breast implants for reconstruction and cosmetic purposes. Infection is a severe complication mostly caused by Staphylococcus aureus or coagulase-negative staphylococci. Mycobacteria are an infrequent cause of infection in this type of surgery. We describe a case of Mycobacterium fortuitum infection in a patient with lupus, subjected to a prosthetic replacement. These patients are more prone to unusual opportunistic infections. Treatment always requires both removal of prosthetic material and antibiotic therapy.

Keywords : Breast implants; atypical mycobacterial infection; Mycobacterium fortuitum.

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