The identification of Nocardia transvalensis, an unusual and probably underrecognized cause of nocardial infection, is clinically significant because of this species' resistance to aminoglycosides, a standard antinocardial therapy. Diagnosis requires analytic methods available predominately in reference laboratories. We report a case of disseminated infection with N transvalensis with primary pulmonary involvement and subsequent development of brain abscesses, and review the literature to date. Familiarity with the epidemiology, pathologic findings, and clinical significance of this and other unusual Nocardia species may increase early identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing in cases of nocardial infection.
|Number of pages
|Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
|Published - Feb 1 2003
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Medical Laboratory Technology