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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 53

Atypical mycobacterial cutaneous infection caused by mycobacterium abscessus complex: An unusual presentation masquerading actinomycosis

1 Department of Dermatology, SKNMC, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SKNMC, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Gaurav Harishchandra Khandait
Department of Dermatology, SKNMC, Pune, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cdr.cdr_121_20

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Atypical mycobacterial infections are caused by mycobacteria other than those from the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and Mycobacterium leprae. They are ubiquitous, aerobic, nonmotile, and acid-fast bacilli seen in soil and water. Here, we report the case of a 31-year-old married female who presented with multiple painful pus-filled lesions over both the breast, abdomen, and back associated with yellow-colored discharge for 6 months. Tuberculosis-polymerase chain reaction revealed the presence of atypical mycobacteria which on further investigation with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight isolated Mycobacterium abscessus species.

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