A fatal case of empyema thoracis by Nocardia farcinica in an immunocompromised patient

Parande, M. V.; Shinde, R. S.; Mantur, B. G.; Parande, A. M.; Chandrashekhar, M. R.; Aralikatti, P. S.; Palled, E.
October 2010
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology;Oct2010, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p390
Academic Journal
Case Study
Empyema thoracis by Nocardia farcinica infection is uncommon. Here we report a rare and fatal infection in a 27-year-old HIV-seropositive male who presented with cough, expectoration, and breathlessness. Nocardia farcinica was isolated from sputum and pus from the pleural cavity. Confirmation of the isolate and minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) for various antibiotics was done at the Aerobic Actinomycetes Reference Laboratory, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta. Patient was treated with suitable antibiotics and antiretroviral drugs in spite of which he eventually succumbed to the disease.


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