Hypercalcaemia secondary to disseminated Mycobacterium abscessus and Mycobacterium fortuitum.

Hypercalcaemia secondary to disseminated Mycobacterium abscessus and Mycobacterium fortuitum. J R Coll Physicians Edinb. 2019 Sep;49(3):217-221 Authors: Kuthiah N, Chaozer E Abstract The incidence and prevalence of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection is on the rise with many cases still going unreported. Given the vague and nonspecific clinical features of NTM infections, it is often missed or mistaken for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The presumption that NTM infections are benign and do not contribute to morbidity no longer holds true. NTM infections need to be considered in patients with disseminated multisystem disease and in those not responding to standard M. tuberculosis treatment. As NTM infection is associated with granuloma formation, it can result in hypercalcaemia. Interestingly, there is evidence that there may be other mechanisms in play contributing to hypercalcaemia besides the increased calcitriol levels. PMID: 31497789 [PubMed - in process]
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