Mycobacterium chelonei and abscess formation in soft tissues

Tubercle. 1987 Dec;68(4):297-9. doi: 10.1016/0041-3879(87)90071-7.


Mycobacterium chelonei was isolated from a breast abscess in a healthy 46-year-old non-lactating Caucasian woman. In-vitro testing showed the organism to be resistant to conventional anti-tuberculosis agents but sensitive to tetracycline and erythromycin. Treatment with isoniazid, pyrazinamide and rifampicin initially produced a good response but the subsequent development of multiple abscesses required the addition of tetracycline and finally a change to erythromycin and trimethoprim, on which recovery was complete.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / diagnosis*
  • Abscess / drug therapy
  • Breast Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Breast Diseases / drug therapy
  • Erythromycin / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycobacterium Infections / diagnosis*
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / diagnosis*
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / drug therapy
  • Trimethoprim / therapeutic use


  • Erythromycin
  • Trimethoprim