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Vol. 39. Issue 4.
Pages 213-214 (April 2021)
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Vol. 39. Issue 4.
Pages 213-214 (April 2021)
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First isolation of Mycobacterium canariasense in a child
Primer aislamiento de Mycobacterium canariasense en un niño
Saray Mormeneo Bayo
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, Rossi Núñez Medina, Concha López Gómez, Ana Isabel López-Calleja
Servicio de Microbiología, Hospital Universitario Miguel-Servet, Zaragoza, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Aragón, Spain
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Mycobacterium canariasense is a rapidly growing, non-pigmented mycobacteria. The first report published was in 2004 and Mycobacterium canariasense was isolated from blood samples of 17 patients carrying a central venous catheter, most of them presenting also a malignant disease. Its name is due to the Spanish islands where it was first isolated.1 Here, we present the first case of catheter-related bacteremia in a non-immunosuppressed child.

A 4-year-old girl with a recent history of otitis media treated with amoxicillin-clavulanate was admitted to our hospital with a 7-day history of severe headache and vomiting. No findings were found on a cranial computed tomography scan but a left otomastoiditis and adjacent cerebellar abscess were observed on a brain magnetic resonance imaging. Fusobacterium necrophorum was isolated from the abscess and brain tissue samples and the patient was subsequently treated with metronidazole for 27 days and topical ciprofloxacin.

During the stay, the patient presented fever after manipulation of a jugular central venous catheter placed 28 days ago. Central and peripheral blood cultures were collected and the central catheter was removed.

Blood culture aerobic bottles (BD BACTEC™ FX) were positive at 2 days and 19h inoculated with blood obtained through the catheter, and at 3 days and 18h with blood obtained by venipuncture. Pleomorphic Gram-positive bacilli were observed on the Gram stain and a Ziehl-Neelsen stain was also performed, demonstrating acid-alcohol resistant bacilli. Blood cultures were seeded on blood and chocolate agar and there was growth after 48h of incubation at 37°C. The catheter was opened longitudinally and the content was spread with a swab on blood agar as routinely performed in our laboratory for children and new-borns catheters.2 Growth (>100CFU) occurred in 72h.

The identification of the microorganism isolated from the catheter and from central and peripheral blood cultures was realized by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) (Maldi Biotyper® Bruker Daltonics) resulting in Mycobacterium canariasense with a score value of 2.4. Additionally, a BstEII pattern of 320/130bp and a HaeIII pattern of 140/90/80bp, corresponding to Mycobacterium canariasense type 1 at the PRASITE database (http://app.chuv.ch/prasite, last accession 25/05/2020) was obtained by PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of the hsp65 gene.3

Antimicrobial susceptibility was performed by gradient diffusion with the MIC test Strip (Liofilchem®) on Mueller-Hinton agar, according to Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) criteria for Rapidly Growing Mycobacteria (RGM).4 The strain was susceptible to all the antibiotics tested (cefoxitin, imipenen, meropenem, tobramycin, amikacin, linezolid, ciprofloxacin and clarithromycin) except to azithromycin. The patient was treated with meropenem 720mg/8h (34 days), clarithromycin 135mg/12h (15 days) and amikacin 100mg/8h (5 days) and was discharged without antibiotic treatment, due to good clinical evolution.

Reviewing the literature, we have only found a few cases of catheter-related bacteremia in adults,5–8 a case of respiratory infection,9 a breast prosthetic infection10 and a septic non-union of the humeral shaft.11

As in all of the bacteremia cases described in the literature,5–8 in our case, bacteremia was catheter-associated, with a semi-quantitative culture of the catheter tip>100 CFU and the blood culture sample drawn through the catheter positive 24h before that obtained directly from peripheral venipuncture.

Regarding susceptibility testing, CLSI recommends broth microdilution as the reference method,4 but due to its complexity, gradient diffusion tests are an alternative. Our strain was susceptible to all the antibiotics tested except azithromycin. These data are in line with other reported cases, which resulted susceptible to all the antibiotics.7,8 Resistance to macrolides is reflected in the article of Paniz-Mondolfi et al. where clarithromycin showed intermediate sensitivity,6 our strain was susceptible to clarithromycin but the azithromycin MIC was>256μg/mL. It is necessary to study a large number of cases in order to obtain representative data of the antibiotic susceptibility of this species.

The patient recovered shortly after removal of the catheter without recurrence of mycobacteremia. In other published cases, most patients recovered after the treatment even without catheter removal. However, some patients died as a consequence of their underlying disease.1,7

The case presented here confirm the ability of M. canariasense as an opportunistic pathogen and highlights the importance of a good management of catheters due to the high risk of suffering infections caused by environmental bacteria in both immunosuppressed and non-immunosuppressed patients.

Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflict of interest or source of funding.


We thank Sofia Samper (Laboratorio de Investigación Molecular- UIT Hospital Universitario Miguel Servet) and Carmen Lafoz (Servicio de Análisis Microbiológico del Servicio General de Apoyo a la Investigación-SAI-Universidad de Zaragoza) for the assistance and realization of the PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of the hsp65 gene.

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