Internal Medicine
Online ISSN : 1349-7235
Print ISSN : 0918-2918
CASE REPORTS
Successful Treatment with Pneumonectomy for Pulmonary Mycobacterium Abscessus Infection
Keishi SuginoMinaho KobayashiMotohide IwataKyoko GochoKyohei KaburakiYoko MuramatsuFumiaki IshidaTaito MiyazakiDaisuke SatoShinji SakaguchiGo SanoEmiko KusanoKazutoshi IsobeSusumu SakamotoYujiro TakaiKazutoshi ShibuyaKeigo TakagiSakae Homma
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2009 Volume 48 Issue 6 Pages 459-463

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We report a case of pulmonary Mycobacterium abscessus (M. abscessus) infection with destructive growth in the entire right lung. The patient was 56-year-old woman who had had pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 40 and had been diagnosed as having pulmonary Mycobacterium abscessus infection 4 years prior to admission at our hospital. Although various antibiotics were administered, persistent fever, hemoptysis and weight loss developed. After undergoing a right pneumonectomy, her clinical symptoms improved dramatically and sputum excretions of M. abscessus ceased. No relapse of the disease has been observed in the 2 years since surgery. Pneumonectomy was very effective for refractory M. abscessus infection that destroyed the right lung.

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