Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2015, vol. 21, issue 3
Subject Area: Medicine
Pages: 856-858
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2015213.856
Published online: 08 September 2015

J of IMAB 2015 Jul-Sep;21(3):856-858
Gabriela Tsankova1Corresponding Autor, Violina Kaludova1, Tatina Todorova1, Neli Ermenlieva1, Emilia Georgieva2
1) Department of Preclinical and Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University Varna
2) Medical College Varna, Medical University Varna, Bulgaria.

Background: Mycobacterium gordonae is a slow growing mycobacterium usually found in soil, tap water, and as laboratory contaminant. It is occasionally implicated in different infections in immunosuppressed patients. In contrast, there have been few case reports of active infection in immunocompetent individuals.
Case Description: We report a case of a 46-old immunocompetent patient with long-term cough and poor expectoration. A computed tomography of the chest revealed punctiform lesions and fibrosis formation in the upper right lobe. It did not show any infiltrate in lung parenchyma. Mycobacterium gordonae was definitively diagnosed by genetic method. After antituberculosis treatment the toxic infectious syndrome was overcome.
Conclusion: Mycobacterium gordonae is reported to cause clinically significant nontuberculosis infection in both immunocompetent and immunosuppressed individuals.
Mycobacterium gordonae is hardly diagnosed with traditional laboratory methods, but the latest molecular techniques allow successful isolation and identification of slow growing Mycobacterium gordonae.

Key words: Lung diseases Mycobacterium gordonae, Nontuberculous mycobacteria,

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Tsankova G, Kaludova V, Todorova T, Ermenlieva N, Georgieva E. Nontuberculous tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium gordonae - clinical case report. J of IMAB. 2015 Jul-Sep;21(3):856-858. doi:

Correspondence to: Gabriela Tsankova, Department of preclinical and clinical sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University of Varna; 55, Marin Drinov Str., 9002 Varna, Bulgaria; E-mail:

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Received: 07 June 2015
Published online: 08 September 2015

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