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Volume 46, Number 6, December 2013

Thoracic empyema and bacteremia due to Mycobacterium abscessus in a patient with liver cirrhosis 


Chih-Cheng Lai, Chien-Ming Chao, Shiow-Jen Gau, Po-Ren Hsueh


Received: April 17, 2013    Revised: May 21, 2013    Accepted: July 8, 2013   

 

Corresponding author:

Po-Ren Hsueh,
Department of Laboratory Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, National Taiwan University, College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan
Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, National Taiwan University, College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan
Corresponding Author InformationCorresponding author. Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Number 7, Chung-Shan South Road, Taipei 100, Taiwan. 



 

Background and purpose: 

Empyema thoracis with concomitant bacteremia caused by nontuberculous mycobacterium is rare. Herein, we report a case of disseminated Mycobacterium abscessus in a patient with liver cirrhosis and diabetes mellitus. M. abscessus was isolated from the specimen of pleural fluid and blood. The patients clinical condition gradually improved after antibiotic use and drainage. 



 

Key words:

Bacteremia, Empyema thoracis, Liver cirrhosis, Mycobacterium abscessus