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VOLUME 19 , ISSUE 6 ( 2015 ) > List of Articles


Catheter associated mycobacteremia: Opening new fronts in infection control

Vikas Khillan, Neha Rathor, Dipanjan Panda

Keywords : Biofilm, chemo port, mycobacteremia, Mycobacterium fortuitum, totally implanted central venous device

Citation Information : Khillan V, Rathor N, Panda D. Catheter associated mycobacteremia: Opening new fronts in infection control. Indian J Crit Care Med 2015; 19 (6):350-352.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.158277

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-05-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).


Mycobacterium fortuitum is a rapidly growing Mycobacterium ubiquitous in nature, known to form biofilms. This property increases its propensity to colonize the in situ central line and makes it a prospective threat for nosocomial infection. We report a case of 48-year-old female with carcinoma cecum who reported to us with clinical illness and neutropenia while on chemotherapy via totally implanted central venous device, postlaparoscopic-assisted right hemicolectomy.

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