Against all odds: molecular confirmation of an implausible case of bone tuberculosis

Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Jun 1;42(11):e86-8. doi: 10.1086/503571. Epub 2006 Apr 19.


We report the use of typing based on a variable number of tandem repeats of genetic elements called "mycobacterial interspersed repetitive units" to clarify a puzzling situation involving a patient with an exceptional case of spondylodiskitis that initially led to the suspicion of a possible event of laboratory cross-contamination with Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Humans
  • Interspersed Repetitive Sequences*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / genetics
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / isolation & purification*
  • Tuberculosis, Osteoarticular / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis, Osteoarticular / microbiology