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Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
Medknow Publications on behalf of Indian Association of Medical Microbiology
ISSN: 0255-0857
EISSN: 1998-3646
Vol. 26, No. 4, 2008, pp. 380-382
Bioline Code: mb08116
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2008, pp. 380-382

 en Cytological diagnosis of pulmonary nocardiosis in an immunocompromised patient
Kumar, R; Chhina, DK; Kaushal, V; Mahajan, R & Kaur, H


We report a case of pulmonary nocardiosis in an immunosuppressed patient having vasculitis who presented with fever, cough and chest pain. A suspicion of nocardiosis was made on auramine O staining of material procured by CT guided fine needle aspiration cytology right lung. Modified Ziehl-Neelsen staining was useful in confirming the diagnosis. The patient showed remarkable recovery after treatment with co-trimoxazole. Quick identification of this uncommon pathogen in the cytological material using special stains helped in timely diagnosis and successful treatment of the patient.

Fine-needle aspiration cytology, nocardiosis, pulmonary, immunosuppression .

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