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Exposed to M. Chimaera Through Open-Heart Surgery

NEW DEVELOPMENT! – Article published in medical journal reveals investigation of M. chimaera infections at Kansas Hospital. Click here for article: Mycobacterium chimaera infections among cardiothoracic surgery patients associated with heater-cooler devices—Kansas and California, 2019

Since 2012, a bacterial infection called Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera) has been seen all over the world. Most of these infections have been associated with heater-cooler systems used during open-heart surgery. Open heart surgeries include heart valve replacements, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), and heart transplants. If you have had open-heart surgery since 2012, you may have been exposed to M. chimaera.

Symptoms of an M. chimaera Infection

If you are experiencing the following symptoms and have had open-heart surgery you could have a serious bacterial infection:

  • Night sweats
  • Muscle aches
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained fever
  • Sternal incision with redness, pain, swelling, muscle soreness, drainage, blisters, or areas that are open and will not heal
  • Hepatitis
  • Kidney problems
  • Enlarged spleen (splenomegaly)
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Pancytopenia or low white count, low platelets, and/or anemia
  • Chorioretinitis (inflammation of the eye)

If you have any of the symptoms listed above or you have had open-heart surgery since 2012, call us today at 816-474-0004.