DOI: 10.1128/aac.00788-23 ISSN: 0066-4804

Successful addition of topical antibiotic treatment after surgery in treatment-refractory nontuberculous mycobacterial skin and soft tissue infections

Ralf Stemkens, Maarten Cobussen, Erik de Laat, Wouter Hoefsloot, Reinout van Crevel, Rob E. Aarnoutse, Jakko van Ingen
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology


Treatment of skin and soft tissue infections with nontuberculous mycobacteria sometimes fails despite repeated debridements and long-term systemic antibiotic therapy. These treatment-refractory infections can cause significant morbidity and pose a treatment challenge. Following surgery, we treated three patients with negative pressure wound therapy with the instillation and dwell time of topical antibiotics, in addition to systemic antibiotic treatment. Treatment was successful and well tolerated, except for some local irritation.

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