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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 380-382

Cytological diagnosis of pulmonary nocardiosis in an immunocompromised patient


1 Department of Microbiology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana- 141 001, Punjab, India
2 Department of Medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana- 141 001, Punjab, India

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V Kaushal
Department of Microbiology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana- 141 001, Punjab
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.43576

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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.






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