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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2000 February;135(1):79-82

Copyright © 2000 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Atypical mycobacterioris associated with panniculitis

Solaroli C., Elia V., Zarrella M., Pippione M.

Università degli Studi - Torino Sezione Dermatologia Dipartimento di Discipline Medico Chirurgiche (Direttore: Prof. M. Pippione) *Ospedale Civile - Asti Divisione di Dermatologia


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A 71-year-old female with sporotrichoid mycobacteriosis had widespread panniculitis on the leg. Both these lesions were due to MK. Mycobacterium Kansasii infections of the skin are rarely seen and present variable clinical and histopathologic features. Although cutaneous infection due to these microorganisms is rare, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis. Laboratory identification of the organism is essential for proper diagnosis and selection of appropriate antimycobacterial medications. Antitubercular drugs are the standard treatment. The association between MK infection and erythema nodosum is unusual, but not surprising in view of the similarity between atypical mycobacteria and other acid-fast bacilli.

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