Ugeskr Læger 2018;180:V09170655
Mycobacterium abscessus infection after cosmetic breast surgery in India
A 36-year-old Danish woman underwent cosmetic breast surgery in India. Post-operatively, she presented with infection and ulcers under the breasts, and dicloxacillin was administered. The patient did not return for follow-up. Two years later the ulcer under the right breast had not healed, and the patient returned to hospital, where a wound culture was done. The result showed Mycobacterium abscessus. Hence, cephalexin administration was instituted, but the ulcer did not heal, and it was excised. The subsequent healing was rapid. Mycobacterial infections in Denmark are rare, serious, and often resistant to antibiotics.