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Mycobacterium fortuitum

Other Names for this Disease
  • M. Fortuitum
  • Mycobacterium Fortuitum infection
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Mycobacterium fortuitum is a nontuberculous mycobacterium, which is a bacteria that can cause lung disease resembling tuberculosis, lymphadenitis, skin disease, or disseminated disease (infection that spreads to the bloodstream and other parts of the body). It occurs worldwide and is usually found in natural and processed water, sewage, and dirt. It is uncommon for this condition to cause lung disease. But mycobacterium fortuitum can cause local skin disease, osteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone), joint infections, and eye disease after trauma. It is a rare cause of lymphadenitis. Disseminated disease usually occurs because of severe immosuppression, especially AIDS.[1]
Last updated: 4/12/2011


  1. Fritz JM & Cunha BA. Mycobacterium Fortuitum. eMedicine. 2010; Accessed 4/12/2011.
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