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Mycobacterium gordonae

Mycobacterium gordonae is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide.

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  • Slow-growing acid fast bacillus (AFB), non-tubercular mycobactera (NTM).
    • Growth on Löwenstein-Jensen media or Middlebrook 7H10 agar, typically seen > 7 days at 37ºC, although 25ºC is optimal.
    • Scotochromogenic (smooth yellow to orange colonial formation) if growing in presence of light.
    • Old classification: Runyon Group 2.
  • Ubiquitous; reservoir is water (natural and tap) as well as soil. Often referred to as the "tap water bacillus."
  • Growth usually takes 3 weeks or more at 37°C.

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Last updated: January 3, 2016


Auwaerter, Paul. "Mycobacterium Gordonae." Johns Hopkins ABX Guide, The Johns Hopkins University, 2016. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540366/all/Mycobacterium_gordonae.
Auwaerter P. Mycobacterium gordonae. Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2016. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540366/all/Mycobacterium_gordonae. Accessed June 24, 2019.
Auwaerter, P. (2016). Mycobacterium gordonae. In Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540366/all/Mycobacterium_gordonae
Auwaerter P. Mycobacterium Gordonae [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2016. [cited 2019 June 24]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540366/all/Mycobacterium_gordonae.
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