Volume 26, Issue 117 (9-2018)                   zumsj 2018, 26(117): 138-144 | Back to browse issues page

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M K, M K, E S, S N. Isolation of Nocardia cyriacigeorgica from Patient Suspected to Tuberculosis. zumsj. 2018; 26 (117) :138-144
URL: http://zums.ac.ir/journal/article-1-5414-en.html
Abstract:   (2648 Views)
Nocardia are gram-positive and partially acid-fast bacteria with saprophytic lives in the environment. These groups of bacteria are able to enter the human body through traumatic inhalation and may consequently cause Nocardiosis infections.
Case Presentation: A 32-year-old man was referred to Al-Zahra Hospital with symptoms such as fever, gradual weight loss, and persistent coughing. First, the patient was speculated to have Tuberculosis, but Mycobacterium tuberculosis was not isolated in any sputum samples. Ultimately, a broncho-alveolar lavage sample was acquired from the patient and according to the patient's clinical presentation and microbial assessments, the cause of illness was found to be Nocardia cyriacigeorgica.
Conclusion: According to this report, Nocardiosis infections may occur in immune-compromised patients and even healthy individuals. Given the similarities between the clinical manifestations and radiological findings of Tuberculosis and Nocardia pulmonary infections, medical laboratories should identify Nocardial infections in suspected TB patients. 
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Type of Study: Original | Subject: General
Received: 2018/11/14 | Accepted: 2018/11/14 | Published: 2018/11/14

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