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Mycobacterium Marinum Infection of the Skin

Background

Mycobacterium marinum is an atypical Mycobacterium found in salt water and fresh water. M marinum is the most common atypical Mycobacterium to cause infection in humans. Infection occurs following inoculation of a skin abrasion or puncture and manifests as a localized granuloma or sporotrichotic lymphangitis (see the image below).

Photograph of Mycobacterium marinum infection lesi

Photograph of Mycobacterium marinum infection lesions.

Diagnosis and treatment are often delayed because of a lack of suspicion for mycobacterial involvement, ie, versus more common bacterial pathogens. Due to the increased use of immunosuppressants for transplant recipients and tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors for a variety of conditions, infections with mycobacteria other than tuberculosis (MOTT) are increasing.

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