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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31820428cc
Case Reports

Sternal Osteomyelitis Caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis After Open Heart Surgery

Patel, Payal MD*; Tabasi, Shahriar Tavakoli MD*†

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Abstract

There have been rare reports of sternal wound infections due to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). We report the first case of MTB sternal wound infection following open heart surgery in a US-born individual who has never lived in a tuberculosis endemic area and had no history of pulmonary tuberculosis.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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