Mycobacterium wolinskyi: A case series and review of the literature

Ella J. Ariza-Heredia, Ala S. Dababneh, Mark P. Wilhelm, Nancy L. Wengenack, Raymund R. Razonable, John W. Wilson

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Mycobacterium wolinskyi is an uncommonly encountered rapidly growing mycobacterium. To date, only 12 clinical cases have been reported in the literature. In this report, we describe 5 additional cases of M. wolinskyi infection seen at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, since 2009. The clinical manifestations were sternal wound infections (n = 2), a surgical site wound infection, a cardiac-device pocket site infection, and a vascular graft infection with bacteremia. The infections occurred in both immunocompetent and immunosuppressed patients, including a lung transplant recipient. Treatment of M. wolinskyi infections required a prolonged course of combination antimicrobial treatment and surgical debridement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-427
Number of pages7
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011


  • 16S rRNA gene
  • Lung transplant
  • Mycobacterium wolinskyi
  • Wound infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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