Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterium: A Rare Cause of Granulomatous Hepatitis

Chijioke Enweluzo, Anuradha Sharma, Stephen Lenfest, Fahad Aziz


Granulomatous hepatitis is a syndrome usually characterized by fever of unknown origin, myalgias, hepatosplenomegaly, and arthralgias, right upper quadrant abdominal pain or tenderness, with or without an elevation in serum transaminases. In this article, we outline our experience with a 64-year-old male presenting with a 3.5 weeks history of fever of unknown origin, night sweats, extreme fatigue and a 20 lb. weight loss. He had an extensive evaluation including 2 liver biopsies that was indicative of fibrin ring granulomas and a positive PCR for Mycobacterium chelonae-abscessus. He was eventually treated empirically with antibiotics that led to an improvement of his symptoms.



Granulomatous; Hepatitis; Nontuberculous; Mycobacterium; Clarithromycin; Fibrin-ring; Fever of Unknown Origin; Chelonae-Abscessus

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