Primary cutaneous nocardiosis caused by nocardia brasiliensis

Gyo Shin Kang, Dong Min Kim, Myung Hoon Lee, Moo Kyu Suh, Gyoung Yim Ha, Tae Jung Jang, Kyungwon Lee

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Nocardiosis is an uncommon, potentially life-threatening infectious disease caused by several species of the genus Nocardia, which are Gram-positive branched bacilli. Most infections enter through the respiratory tract and then disseminate systemically but rarely has a primary infection occurred resulting from direct inoculation. Isolation of Nocardia from clinical specimens and identification of species is difficult and require a specialized microbiologist. We report a case of primary cutaneous nocardiosis caused by N. brasiliensis in a 68-year-old man who was diagnosed by bacterial culture and 16S ribosomal RNA sequencing. The skin lesions improved with trimethoprimsulfamethoxazole antibiotic therapy for 6 months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-734
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Journal of Dermatology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology

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    Kang, G. S., Kim, D. M., Lee, M. H., Suh, M. K., Ha, G. Y., Jang, T. J., & Lee, K. (2011). Primary cutaneous nocardiosis caused by nocardia brasiliensis. Korean Journal of Dermatology, 49(8), 730-734.