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Mycobacterium fortuitum Infection Following Patellar Tendon RepairA Case Report
Iftach Hetsroni, MD1; Howard Rosenberg, MD2; Patrick Grimm, BA3; Robert G. Marx, MD, MSc, FRCSC3
1 Orthopaedic Department, Meir General Hospital, Sapir Medical Center, Tsharnichovski Street 59, Kfar Saba 44281, Israel
2 Division of Infectious Diseases, Weill Cornell Medical Center, 525 East 68th Street, Room A-421, New York, NY 10065
3 Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021. E-mail address for R.G. Marx: MarxR@hss.edu
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Disclosure: In support of their research for or preparation of this work, one or more of the authors received, in any one year, outside funding or grants in excess of $10,000 from the Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (5 U18-HS016075). Neither they nor a member of their immediate families received payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity.

Investigation performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

Copyright ©2010 American Society for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2010 May 01;92(5):1254-1256. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.I.01083
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Mycobacterium fortuitum is a ubiquitous, rapidly growing mycobacterial species that is infrequently reported in the surgical literature. Clinically important infection with this organism has been described following trauma, injections, augmentation mammoplasty, and ultrasound hydrolipoclasia1-3. In the field of orthopaedic surgery, Mycobacterium fortuitum infection has been encountered only following prosthetic arthroplasty or fracture surgery with internal fixation4-9.
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