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Poor sterilisation of instruments leads to infection outbreak in Paris

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7110.697g (Published 20 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:697
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

Poor sterilisation of surgical instruments in a Parisian clinic has led to an outbreak of a tuberculosis-like infection of the spine caused by Mycobacterium xenopi, a usually harmless bacterium often present in the water supply.

The 31 patients who have so far been diagnosed as having the spinal infection were operated on between 1988 and 1993 for intervertebral disc prolapse, either by percutaneous or arthroscopic techniques. …

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