Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
Print version ISSN 0036-4665
HADAD, David Jamil et al. Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC): an unusual potential pathogen in cerebrospinal fluid of AIDS patients. Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo [online]. 1995, vol.37, n.2, pp. 93-98. ISSN 0036-4665. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-46651995000200001.
Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) is frequently isolated from patients with late complications of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), especially in North America and Europe. However, its isolation from the central nervous system (CNS) has been seldom reported in these countries. MAC infections in AIDS patients in African and Latin American countries are believed to be uncommon. We report the isolation of MAC from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of 11 AIDS patients out of 1723 (0.63%) seen at "Centro de Referência e Treinamento - AIDS", São Paulo and discuss the significance of its isolation.
Keywords : Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC); Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF); Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).