79-Year-Old Male With Abdominal Pain and Diarrhea


During a routine follow up appointment for Mycobacterium avium complex lung infection, a 79-year-old male noted that he developed loose stools and abdominal pain 2 days prior to his appointment. The patient resides in Mexico City and travels to Ariz. for his medical care. A molecular gastrointestinal pathogens panel was ordered and tested positive for a concerning target. Additionally, subculture of the stool revealed growth of oxidase positive gram negative bacilli, which on subculture were beta-hemolytic on sheep blood agar, non-lactose fermenting on MacConkey agar and gram stain revealed curved gram negative bacilli. Subculture to thiosulfate-citrate-bile salts-sucrose agar revealed sucrose fermenting (yellow) colonies. The species identification was ultimately confirmed by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.

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Contact Information

Nicole Jackson, njackson@asmusa.org