Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2015, vol. 21, issue 4
Subject Area: Medicine
Pages: 1000-1002
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2015214.1000
Published online: 18 December 2015

J of IMAB 2015 Oct-Dec;21(4):1000-1002
Tatina T. Todorova 1Corresponding Autor, Violina Kaludova2, Gabriela Tsankova1, Neli Ermenlieva3
1) Department of Preclinical and Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University Varna, Bulgaria
2) Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment of Pneumo-phthizilogic Diseases–Varna
3) Medical College, Medical University Varna, Bulgaria.

Mycobacterium peregrinum is a member of the group of rapidly growing Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM). It can be found in high frequency in natural and laboratory environments and is considered to be uncommonrare pathogen for both immunocompetent and immunosuppressed individuals. Currently, pulmonary infections caused by Mycobacterium peregrinum are unusual and diagnosed only in limited number of cases.
Here, we present a clinical case of elderly man (72 years) with 1 month history of non-specific respiratory symptomatic. The patient was without underlying immunosuppressive condition or lung disease. Chest X-ray demonstrated persistent pleural effusion, opacities and cavitations in the right lobe. One of the sputum culturesgrewa rapidly growing mycobacterium and the isolated strain was found to be Mycobacterium peregrinumas identified by molecular genetic detection (PCR and DNA strip technology).
To our knowledge, this is the third case in the world to report Mycobacterium peregrinumas a possible causative agent of pulmonary infection.

Key words: Mycobacterium peregrinum, Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), Pulmonary infection,

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Todorova TT, Kaludova V, Tsankova G, Ermenlieva N. A pulmonary infection caused by Mycobacterium peregrinum – a case report. J of IMAB. 2015 Oct-Dec;21(4):1000-1002.

Correspondence to: Tatina T. Todorova, Department of Preclinical and Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University Varna; 55, Marin Drinov Str., 9002 Varna, Bulgaria; E-mail:

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Received: 07 October 2015
Published online: 18 December 2015

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