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Volume 20, Number 10—October 2014

Rapidly Growing Mycobacteria Associated with Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Australia, 2005–2011

Hugh L. WrightComments to Author , Rachel Thomson, Alistair B. Reid, Robyn Carter, Paul B. Bartley, Peter Newton, and Christopher Coulter
Author affiliations: Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (H.L. Wright); Gallipoli Medical Research Centre, Brisbane (R.M. Thomson); Wollongong Hospital, Woolongong, New South Wales, Australia (A.B. Reid, P. Newton); Pathology Queensland, Brisbane (R. Carter, C. Coulter); QML Pathology, Brisbane (P.B. Bartley); The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane (C. Coulter)

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Table 1

Demographic and clinical characteristics of 18 patients with rapidly growing mycobacterial infections complicating laparoscopic gastric band devices, Australia, 2005–2011

Characteristic Value
Age, mean (range), y 45 (29–64)
M:F 3:15
Weight, mean, kg
Co-morbidities, no. (%)
Diabetes mellitus 5 (28)
Hypertension 6 (33)
Obstructive sleep apnea 4 (22)
Depression 4 (22)
Immunosuppression/glucocorticoid use
Causative organism, no. (%)
M. fortuitum 11 (61)
M. abscessus
7 (39)
Primary site of infection, no. (%)
Port 10 (56)
Band 5 (28)
Combined port/band
3 (16)
Time from insertion to presentation, no. (%)
Early, <3 mo 8 (44)
Late, >3 mo
10 (56)
Associated complications, no.
Peritonitis 2
Erosion/perforation 5
Chronic ulcer
Antimicrobial drug therapy
Median duration (range), mo 6 (3–12)
Combination therapy, no. (%) 17 (94)

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