First report of cervicofacial lymphadenitis due to Mycobacterium haemophilum in an immunocompromised adult patient

  • Nadia Atiya Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Helmi Sulaiman Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Jennifer Chong University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Kee Peng Ng Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Keywords: Mycobacterium haemophilum, cervicofacial lymphadenitis, immunocompromised patient, hsp65 gene sequencing

Abstract

We report the first case of an immunocompromised adult patient presenting with cervicofacial lymphadenitis due to Mycobacterium haemophilum, confirmed using hsp65 gene sequencing and line-probe assays. In resource-limited settings, especially in developing countries, appropriate culture methods and rapid molecular diagnostic tools such as hsp65 gene sequencing for identification of this organism may not be readily available. This may cause M. haemophilum infections to go unrecognised or lead to delays in diagnosis. Lack of heightened awareness about the potential for this mycobacterial species to cause infections may also contribute to possible underestimation of M. haemophilum cases in the developing world.

Author Biographies

Nadia Atiya, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1) Lecturer

Department of Medical Microbiology

Faculty of Medicine

University of Malaya

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

2) Clinical Microbiologist

University Malaya Medical Centre

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Helmi Sulaiman, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1) Lecturer

Division of Infectious Diseases

Department of Medicine

Faculty of Medicine

University of Malaya

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

2) Infectious Disease Specialist

University Malaya Medical Centre

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jennifer Chong, University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Medical Laboratory Technologist

Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory

University Malaya Medical Centre

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kee Peng Ng, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1) Professor

Department of Medical Microbiology

Faculty of Medicine

University of Malaya

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

2) Head Coordinator

Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory

University Malaya Medical Centre

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Published
2015-03-15
How to Cite
1.
Atiya N, Sulaiman H, Chong J, Ng KP (2015) First report of cervicofacial lymphadenitis due to Mycobacterium haemophilum in an immunocompromised adult patient. J Infect Dev Ctries 9:313-316. doi: 10.3855/jidc.5208
Section
Case Reports