We describe the first patient with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) driveline infection caused by Mycobacterium chelonae presenting with persistent infection despite conventional antibiotics. Treatment was successful with surgical debridement, driveline exit relocation, and a 4-month period of antibiotics. In the case of a culture-negative LVAD driveline infection, non-tuberculous mycobacteria should be considered. This case illustrates that multidisciplinary collaboration is essential in providing optimal care for LVAD patients.

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Keywords Driveline infection, Left ventricular assist device, Mycobacterium chelonae
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2020.01.002, hdl.handle.net/1765/124708
Journal International Journal of Infectious Diseases
Roest, S. (Stefan), Bax, H.I, Verkaik, N.J, Brugts, J.J, Constantinescu, A.A, de Bakker, C.C. (Chantal C.), … Manintveld, O.C. (2020). Mycobacterium chelonae, an ‘atypical’ cause of an LVAD driveline infection. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 92, 127–129. doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2020.01.002