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Description:This acid-fast stained photomicrograph depicted numbers of Gram-positive aerobic Nocardia asteroides bacteria, which were present in a patient’s sputum sample.
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.

The majority of cases are caused by the Nocardia asteroides complex (at least 50% of invasive infections). The N. asteroides complex is comprised of N. abscessus, N. cyriacigeorgica, N. farcinica, and N. nova. Other known pathogenic species of Nocardia include N. transvalensis complex, N. brasiliensis, and N. pseudobrasiliensis.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Hardin
Creation Date:1963
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Links:CDC – National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases; Division of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases; Nocardiosis: Technical Information
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