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International Journal of Microbiology
Volume 2009, Article ID 527208, 4 pages
Review Article

Prosthetic Joint Infection due to Mycobacterium bovis after Intravesical Instillation of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG)

1Division of Infectious Diseases, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Newark, NJ 07101, USA
2Veteran's Affairs New Jersey Healthcare System, 385 Tremont Avenue, 111-ID, East Orange, NJ 07018, USA
3Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ 08903, USA

Received 11 June 2009; Accepted 1 October 2009

Academic Editor: Joseph Falkinham

Copyright © 2009 Eric Gomez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Intravesical instillation of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is a treatment to prevent recurrence of superficial urothelial bladder carcinoma. Complications after bladder instillation of BCG have been reported including locally invasive and systemic infections due to dissemination of Mycobacterium bovis from the bladder. We present an uncommon case and literature review of prosthetic joint infection due to M. bovis after intravesical BCG treatment of bladder cancer.