Tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium africanum

Dorte Bek, Marianne Kirstine Kjeldsen, Zaza Kamper-Jørgensen, Nikolaj Friis Hansen, Erik Michael Rasmussen

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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
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)549-550
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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