Molecular identification of Mycobacterium chimaera as a cause of infection in a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Nathan D. Bills, Steven H. Hinrichs, Tricia A. Aden, Robert S. Wickert, Peter C. Iwen

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This report describes a case of Mycobacterium chimaera infection in a patient with a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease where the organism was identified by using molecular methods. M. chimaera was identified from fresh lung tissue and from an instrument-negative mycobacterial growth indicator tube broth culture. The utility of using sequence analysis of the internal transcribed spacer region for the rapid identification of a slow-growing nontuberculous Mycobacterium spp. where conventional culture methods were not successful was shown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-295
Number of pages4
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009



  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Molecular identification
  • Mycobacterium chimaera

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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