15. Mycobacterium Chelonae Complex

Mycobacterium Chelonae Complex

  • Rapid growing (3-7 days) mycobacteria (Runyon IV)
  • Found in natural and processed water sources
    • colonized tap water
    • gentian violet
  • Worldwide distribution
  • Tends to be more antibiotic resistant than M. fortuitum
  • Associated with surgical site contamination
    • Cardiothoracic
    • Augmentation mammoplasty
    • Liposuction
    • Breast implants
  • After trauma
    • local cutaneous disease
    • osteomyelitis
    • joint infections
    • ocular disease