The National Medical Journal of India

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: 2020  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 284--287

Mycobacterium chimaera: A novel pathogen with potential risk to cardiac surgical patients


Ruaridh Buchanan1, Anuradha Agarwal2, Elizabeth Mathai3, Benny P Cherian1 
1 Division of Infection, Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, 80 Newark Street, London, E1 2ES, United Kingdom
2 Head of Clinical Laboratory, Belle Vue Clinic, Hospital Infection Control and Quality Assurance, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Ruaridh Buchanan
Division of Infection, Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, 80 Newark Street, London, E1 2ES
United Kingdom

Mycobacterium chimaera was first described in 2004, coming to prominence in 2011 with reports from across the globe of invasive infections following cardiac surgery. This outbreak was linked to a specific type of heater cooler machine used for cardiac surgery by whole-genome sequencing. We briefly outline what is currently known about this pathogen, highlighting the importance of clinical vigilance and the diagnostic options for the clinician.


How to cite this article:
Buchanan R, Agarwal A, Mathai E, Cherian BP. Mycobacterium chimaera: A novel pathogen with potential risk to cardiac surgical patients.Natl Med J India 2020;33:284-287


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Buchanan R, Agarwal A, Mathai E, Cherian BP. Mycobacterium chimaera: A novel pathogen with potential risk to cardiac surgical patients. Natl Med J India [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jun 15 ];33:284-287
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