Mycobacterial infection identified with broad-range PCR amplification and suspension array identification
Article first published online: 5 JUL 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S
Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Volume 39, Issue 8, pages 795–797, August 2012
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Mycobacterial infection identified with broad-range PCR amplification and suspension array identification., , , .
- Issue published online: 29 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 5 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 APR 2012
- atypical mycobacteria;
- infectious diseases;
- molecular pathology
The case of a 66-year-old female who developed sudden redness and swelling of her left thumb is presented. A biopsy showed well formed granulomas, mixed inflammation with a predominance of neutrophils, and acid-fast bacilli. After negative culture results, tissue was sent for a broad-range polymerase chain reaction amplification followed by suspension array identification, which classified the pathogenic organism as Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare. The patient was started on clarithromycin, rifabutin and ethambutol leading to clinical improvement. M. avium-intracellulare is present in soil, fresh water, sea water, dairy products and some animal tissues. Primary cutaneous manifestations are uncommon in the immunocompetent host. As cultures may be negative or can take up to three weeks to show growth, the molecular approach described here offers an opportunity for more rapid and specific diagnosis.