Mycobacterium xenopi spinal infections after discovertebral surgery: investigation and screening of a large outbreak.

@article{Astagneau2001MycobacteriumXS,
  title={Mycobacterium xenopi spinal infections after discovertebral surgery: investigation and screening of a large outbreak.},
  author={Pascal Astagneau and Nicole Desplaces and V{\'e}ronique Vincent and Val{\'e}rie Chicheportiche and A H Botherel and Sylvie Maugat and Karine Lebascle and Philippe L{\'e}onard and J. C. Desenclos and Jacques H. Grosset and J Ziza and Gilles Br{\"u}cker},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={2001},
  volume={358 9283},
  pages={747-51}
}
BACKGROUND Mycobacterium xenopi spinal infections were diagnosed in 1993 in patients who had undergone surgical microdiscectomy for disc hernia, by nucleotomy or microsurgery, in a private hospital. Contaminated tap water, used for rinsing surgical devices after disinfection, was identified as the source of the outbreak. Several cases were recorded in the 4 years after implementation of effective control measures because of the long time between discectomy and case detection. The national… CONTINUE READING

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