Nontuberculous mycobacterium disease with pleural empyema in a patient with advanced AIDS

Aliya Haider, Tjark Schliep, Cosmina Zeana

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Abstract

Pleural involvement in nontuberculous mycobacterium infection has rarely been reported. We present a case of a patient with advanced AIDS, not on antiretroviral therapy, who presented with massive pleural empyema and splenic and liver abscess secondary to Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare complex. She was a 42-year-old female who was admitted with fever, chills, weight loss, and productive cough of 3 weeks duration. Her pleural fluid cultures were positive for Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare complex, and no other organism was identified. Our patient had good outcome after treatment with antitubercular agents (isoniazid, rifabutin, and clarithromycin).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-420
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Volume338
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • Mycobacterim avium complex
  • Pleural empyema

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