Demonstration of cord formation by rough Mycobacterium abscessus variants: Implications for the clinical microbiology laboratory

Alejandro Sánchez-Chardi, Francesc Olivares, Thomas F. Byrd, Esther Julián, Cecilia Brambilla, Marina Luquin

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Abstract

In low-income countries some infections caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria are misdiagnosed as multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. In most of these settings the observation of microscopic cords is the only technique used to identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the laboratory. In this article we definitively demonstrate that Mycobacterium abscessus, an emerging pulmonary pathogen, also forms microscopic cords. Copyright © 2011, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2293-2295
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011

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