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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 432-434

Sporotrichoid pattern of cutaneous nocardiasis due to Nocardia asteroids


Department of Microbiology, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai - 400 002, India

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V P Baradkar
Department of Microbiology, LTMMC and LTMGH, Sion, Mumbai - 400 022
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DOI: 10.4103/0377-4929.42553

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Cutaneous nocardiosis is a rare disease, only a few cases of which have been reported from the world as well as in India. This infection, when in the lymphocutaneous form, may clinically resemble sporotrichosis, hence causing a diagnostic dilemma. Here, we report a case of primary cutaneous, sporotrichoid pattern of cutaneous nocardiosis caused by Nocardia asteroides in immunocompetent host. The patient was a 32-year-old farmer, with no predisposing factors, who presented with cutaneous nocardiosis. The diagnosis was confirmed by culture of the biopsy, after which the patient was treated successfully with antibacterial agents.


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