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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 336-339

Disseminated Mycobacterium chelonae infection: Complicating a case of hidradenitis suppurativa


1 Department of Skin and VD, The Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, Odisha, India
2 Department of Microbiology, The Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, Odisha, India

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Satyadarshi Patnaik
Department of Skin and VD, The Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, Odisha - 760 004
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.120672

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Mycobacteium chelonae is a rapidly growing atypical mycobacteria known to be pathogenic in humans. We report a case of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) with diabetes complicated by infection of the lesions with Staphylococcus aureus and M. chelonae leading to non-healing and discharging lesions. HS is a rare, insidious and debilitating disease characterized by swollen, painful, inflamed lesions in the axillae, groin, and other parts of the body that contain apocrine glands. Discharge from HS lesions are often found to be sterile, however, polymicrobial bacterial colonization commonly occurs within sinus tracts which can lead to offensive smelling discharge, infection, cellulitis, and superinfection. The incidence of HS is very low and the association with M. chelonae makes it a rare and interesting case.


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