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We report a case of blood stream infection due to Mycobacterium goodii in a patient who had an implanting pacemaker. The patient injured left thorax where the pacemaker was implanted several days before septicemia. The microorganism was isolated from both blood cultures and leads of the pacemaker. The serial isolates were identified as M. goodii by conventional biochemical methods, tobramycin susceptibility test and 16Sr-RNA sequencing. This is the first reported case of M. goodii septicemia in Japan. M. goodii is regarded as an environmental bacterium and its pathogenicity has been recognized recently. The present case suggests that its ability as a primary invader should not be underestimated, especially in a patient with indwelling devices.


Hirofumi Toda, Kaori Sato, Masaki Iimori, Toshiaki Yamazumi, Itaru Furuta, Akimasa Satoh, Chihiro Katsukawa. A case of Mycobacterium goodii infection wifh isolation from blood and a pacemaker lead]. Kansenshōgaku zasshi. The Journal of the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases. 2006 May;80(3):262-6

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