Pulmonary nocardiosis in a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patient

Hizel K., Caglar K., Cabadak H., Kulah C.

INFECTION, vol.30, no.4, pp.243-245, 2002 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s15010-002-2102-5
  • Title of Journal : INFECTION
  • Page Numbers: pp.243-245


Nocardiosis is an opportunistic infection especially in immunocompromised patients. Lungs are the most common infection sites and therapy poses some difficulties. We describe a case of pulmonary infection with Nocardia asteroides in a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patient. Although the mortality from pulmonary nocardiosis is high in immunocompromised patients, our patient was successfully treated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMZ) and amikacin. Maintenance therapy with TMP/SMZ was continued for 1 year. This case supports the importance of the long-term maintenance treatment after the initial combination therapy.