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.
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- Infectious Diseases