Mycobacterium farcinogenes osteomyelitis of the proximal tibia: A case report

Fatma Al Farsi*, Badriya Al Adawi, Hashim Ba Tahir, Mohammed Al Mutani, Chamila Adikaram, Turkiya Al Siyabi, Ibrahim Al Busaidi

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Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are an unusual cause of osteomyelitis. Mycobacterium farcinogenes is an uncommon cause of human disease. We describe here the first case of M. farcinogenes osteomyelitis in a 49-year-old man who underwent left knee anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscal repair which was complicated by recurrent septic arthritis and surgical site infection. As a consequence, he underwent multiple surgical debridements. Ultimately, left proximal tibial osteomyelitis was diagnosed and M. farcinogenes was recovered from the tissue biopsy culture. Clinical improvement was achieved following surgical removal of the prosthesis along with prolonged combination antimicrobial therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere01194
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Farcinogenes
  • Mycobacterium
  • NTM
  • Osteomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases


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