Tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium africanum

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2010

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  • Author: Bek, Dorte

  • Author: Kjeldsen, Marianne Kirstine

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  • Author: Kamper-Jørgensen, Zaza

  • Author: Hansen, Nikolaj Friis

  • Author: Rasmussen, Erik Michael

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Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by pathogenic species within the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC). In the present case, a 40-year-old African man was admitted acutely. Despite negative microscopy, anti-TB treatment was initialized. Thirteen hours after hospitalisation, the patient suffered circulatory failure and died. Post mortem material from the lungs and pericardia tested positive for MTBC and was identified as Mycobacterium africanum by a new molecular method that enables identification of six of the eight MTBC species and provides clinicians with species-specific results.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Publication date2010
Volume172
Journal number7
Pages549-550
ISSN0041-5782
StatePublished
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