Nocardial osteomyelitis: A case report and review of the literature

Joyce G. Schwartz, Fermin O. Tio

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The occurrence of human nocardiosis is increasing in both immunocompetent as well as immunosuppressed patients. A 63-yr-old male construction worker presented with complaints of left hip pain and rapidly enlarging masses on his left neck and chest. He had been treated for a pneumoia of unknown etiology 3 mo prior to admission. A debridement of the left femur was performed and the curetted material was positive for Nocardia asteroides. Osteomyelitis due to the hematogenous spread of Nocardia asteroides is rare, but will undoubtedly be seen with increasing frequency. The literature, as well as 11 reported cases of the hematogenous spread of this organism, are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-46
Number of pages10
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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