Mycobacterium marinum infections of the hand

Lawrence C. Hurst, Peter C. Amadio, Marie A. Badalamente, Jerry L. Ellstein, Raymond J. Dattwyler

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Fifteen patients had culture proven Mycobacterium marinum infections of the hand; 11 had injured their hands while fishing in water around Long Island. No patient had type I lesions (verrucal), six patients had type II lesions (subcutaneous granulomas), and nine patients had type III lesions (deep). Histologic examination showed noncaseating granulomas in all cases. A specific defect in the patients' lymphocytes ability to respond to M. marinum antigens was identified. A combination of surgery and tetracycline provided effective treatment. Follow-up averaged 2 1/2 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-435
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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