Ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection with Mycobacterium fortuitum: a rare offending organism

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Postsurgical infection is one of the greatest potential morbidities of ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery. The majority of infections can be linked to contamination with skin flora at the time of surgery, a phenomenon that has been well described. However, there is a paucity of literature regarding infection with nontuberculous mycobacteria. The authors report a case of postoperative ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection with Mycobacterium fortuitum and review the available neurosurgical literature and treatment strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)704-707
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014


  • atypical mycobacteria
  • EVD = external ventricular drain
  • MIC = minimum inhibitory concentration
  • Mycobacterium fortuitum
  • nontuberculous mycobacteria
  • NTM = nontuberculous mycobacteria
  • RGM = rapidly growing mycobacteria
  • shunt infection
  • TMPSMZ = trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole
  • ventriculoperitoneal shunt
  • VP = ventriculoperitoneal
  • WBC = white blood cell

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  • Medicine(all)


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