|Description:||Magnified 600X, this Gram-stained photomicrograph revealed histopathologic cytoarchitectural changes brought about due to the Gram-positive Nocardia sp. bacterium.|
Overall, 80% of nocardiosis cases present as invasive pulmonary infection, disseminated infection, or brain abscess; 20% present as cellulitis. Pulmonary infection commonly presents with fever, cough, or chest pain. Central nervous system (CNS) symptoms include headache, lethargy, confusion, seizures, or sudden onset of neurologic deficit.