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Clinical implications of Mycobacterium chimaera detection in thermoregulatory devices used for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), Germany, 2015 to 2016

Trudzinski, Franziska C. ; Schlotthauer, Uwe ; Kamp, Annegret ; Hennemann, Kai ; Muellenbach, Ralf M. ; Reischl, Udo ; Gärtner, Barbara ; Wilkens, Heinrike ; Bals, Robert ; Herrmann, Mathias ; Lepper, Philipp M. ; Becker, Sören L.



Abstract

Mycobacterium chimaera, a non-tuberculous mycobacterium, was recently identified as causative agent of deep-seated infections in patients who had previously undergone open-chest cardiac surgery. Outbreak investigations suggested an aerosol-borne pathogen transmission originating from water contained in heater-cooler units (HCUs) used during cardiac surgery. Similar thermoregulatory devices are ...

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