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Non-tuberculous mycobacterial infection in children with cancer

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Deborah Tweddle, Dr Stephen Pedler


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Reported here is the clinical presentation and management of patients with rapidly growing nontuberculous mycobacterial infection diagnosed in a paediatric oncology unit. A retrospective analysis that correlated patient isolates with the children's cancer registry revealed two cases of non-tuberculous mycobacterial infection; both had been observed within the last 6 years and were due to Mycobacterium chelonae. The first case was line-associated and the second was a disseminated infection. In both cases the patients were lymphopenic and had had indwelling vascular catheters. Neither patient was neutropenic. The literature on mycobacterial infection in children with cancer is also reviewed.

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Author(s): Graham JC, Tweddle DA, Jenkins DR, Pollitt C, Pedler SJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Year: 1998

Volume: 17

Issue: 6

Pages: 394-397

Print publication date: 01/08/1998

ISSN (print): 0934-9723

ISSN (electronic): 1435-4373


DOI: 10.1007/s100960050093


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