Nocardia asteroides sepsis of the knee.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Nocardia asteroides as an infecting agent has been an increasingly identified pathogen in humans, especially in immunosuppressed hosts. The Nocardia organisms as a cause of septic arthritis have been very unusual and in all previously reported cases have occurred in immunosuppressed patients. This is a report of two additional patients, one of whom has had no history of immunosuppression either before infection or subsequent to treatment and resolution of the infection. The second is a case of a questionably immunosuppressed patient with Nocardia asteroides septic arthritis. These cases reemphasize the importance of performing not only the most common aerobic and anaerobic bacterial cultures but also fungal and acid-fast bacilli cultures for early identification of less common organisms and for the initiation of appropriate therapy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilkerson, RD; Taylor, DC; Opal, SM; Curl, WW

Published Date

  • July 1985

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 206 - 208

PubMed ID

  • 3893827

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3893827

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-921X


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States