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Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo

On-line version ISSN 1678-9946

Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo vol.36 no.5 São Paulo Sept./Oct. 1994

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-46651994000500003 

MICROBIOLOGY

 

Cutaneous Nocardia asteroides infection of nontraumatic origin

 

Infecção cutânea de origem não traumática por Nocardia asteroides

 

 

Jorge O. LopesI; Maria C. BassanesiII; Sydney H. AlvesI; Adenilde SallaI; Jeni P. BenevengaI; Milton S. CastroI

IServiço de Micologia, Hospital Universitário, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, RS, Brasil
IIServiço de Micologia, Instituto de Pesquisas Biológicas, Secretaria da Saúde e Meio Ambiente, Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil

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SUMMARY

This paper reports a case of cutaneous infection of nontraumatic origin caused by Nocardia asteroides in a hospitalized patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Diagnosis was established by direct and histological examination, cultures from exudate and biopsy specimen. We discuss the classification of clinical forms of Nocardia infections affecting the skin.

Keywords: Cutaneous infection; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Nocardia asteroides; Nontraumatic origin.


RESUMO

É relatado um caso de infecção cutânea de origem não traumática por Nocardia asteroides em paciente hospitalizado com doença broncopulmonar obstrutiva crônica. O diagnóstico foi feito pelo exame direto e histológico e culturas do exsudato e fragmento de biópsia. É discutida a classificação das formas clínicas das infecções por Nocardia que afetam a pele.


 

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The authors are indebted to Dr. Kathryn Bernard, National Laboratory for Bacteriology, Health and Welfare, Canada, for N. asteroides confirmatory identification.

 

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Correspondence to:
Jorge O. Lopes
Departamento de Microbiologia e Parasitologia, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria
97119-970 Santa Maria, RS, Brasil

Recebido para publicação em 20/12/1993.
Aceito para publicação em 29/03/1994.

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