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Epidemiologic Review of Veterans Health Administration Patients with Isolation of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria after Cardiopulmonary Bypass Procedures

  • Gina Oda (a1), Russell Ryono (a1), Cynthia Lucero-Obusan (a1), Patricia Schirmer (a1), Hasan Shanawani (a2), Katrina Jacobs (a2) and Mark Holodniy (a1) (a3)...

We evaluated the isolation of postoperative nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) associated with heater-cooler devices (HCDs) used during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) surgery in the Veterans Health Administration from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2016. In more than 38,000 CPB procedures, NTM was isolated in 111 patients; 1 Mycobacterium chimaera mediastinitis case and 1 respiratory isolate were found.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:1103–1106

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Address correspondence to Gina Oda, MS, CIC, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, 3801 Miranda Avenue (132), Palo Alto, CA 94304 (
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PREVIOUS PRESENTATION. This work was presented in part at IDWeek 2016 on October 27, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana (poster 569).

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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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