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Sternal Osteomyelitis Caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis After Open Heart Surgery

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

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: September 2011 - Volume 19 - Issue 5 - p 359-361
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31820428cc
Case Reports

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.

From the *Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, and †Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center, Houston, TX.

Correspondence to: Shahriar Tavakoli Tabasi, MD, 2002 Holcombe Blvd, Mailstop 111PC, Houston, TX 77030. E-mail:

This case report was made possible through the resources of Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.