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    ABSTRACT: Cutaneous infections by nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are not usual but their relative importance has changed during the last few years and still further changes are expected. This study comprised 13 patients from whom NTM were recovered from skin biopsy specimens, sinus exudates or cutaneous abscesses. All samples were processed according to standard methods, and the isolates were identified by biochemical testing. Skin biopsy specimens, when available, were processed for histopathological study. The clinical records of the patients were reviewed, and the relevant clinical, microbiological and epidemiological data collected. The clinical manifestations were noted to be relatively nonspecific and consisted of draining sinuses, abscesses, ulcers and nodules with multicentric or sporotrichoid patterns. Tissue culture isolated Mycobacterium fortuitum complex in nine patients, M. avium in three, and M. marinum in one. In the nine patients studied by histopathology, various patterns were observed. These included dermo-hypodermal abscesses, suppurative granulomas, tuberculoid granulomas and granulomas with a perifollicular distribution. Cutaneous lesions can thus be the first and the only sign of NTM disease, and culture still remains the definitive diagnostic procedure.
    Clinical and Experimental Dermatology 10/1998; 23(5):214-21. · 1.33 Impact Factor