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Vol 80, No 6 (2012)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2012-10-29
Submitted: 2013-02-22
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Pulmonary nocardiosis in a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — case report and literature review

Michael Anderson, Tomasz J. Kuźniar
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2012;80(6):565-569.

open access

Vol 80, No 6 (2012)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2012-10-29
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract

Nocardiosis is an infrequent but potentially serious pulmonary infection that typically affects patients with immune suppression or structural lung disease. We report a case of a 70-year-old patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treated with inhaled steroids, theophylline, short-acting beta-agonists and anticholinergics, and long-term oxygen therapy, who presented with non-resolving pneumonia. Following a diagnosis of nocardiosis, made based on sputum culture, the patient was treated with trimethoprim/sulphamethoxazole and then, due to treatment side effects, with minocycline. We review the literature data on nocardiosis in COPD patients.

Abstract

Nocardiosis is an infrequent but potentially serious pulmonary infection that typically affects patients with immune suppression or structural lung disease. We report a case of a 70-year-old patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treated with inhaled steroids, theophylline, short-acting beta-agonists and anticholinergics, and long-term oxygen therapy, who presented with non-resolving pneumonia. Following a diagnosis of nocardiosis, made based on sputum culture, the patient was treated with trimethoprim/sulphamethoxazole and then, due to treatment side effects, with minocycline. We review the literature data on nocardiosis in COPD patients.
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Keywords

COPD; nocardiosis; pneumonia

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Title

Pulmonary nocardiosis in a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — case report and literature review

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 80, No 6 (2012)

Pages

565-569

Published online

2012-10-29

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2012;80(6):565-569.

Keywords

COPD
nocardiosis
pneumonia

Authors

Michael Anderson
Tomasz J. Kuźniar

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