Not everything acid-fast is Mycobacterium tuberculosis: A case of Nocardia
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We report a case of a 47 year old woman who presented with a history of motor convulsions and a three month history of an increasingly painful and progressively enlarging mass on the right side of her back. Neurological examination revealed generalised wasting and a right sided hemiplegia. A biopsy of the mass was taken for microbiology which reported growing branching gram positive rods after three days of incubation. A mycological diagnosis of Nocardia asteroides was made. An MRI scan revealed extensive infiltration of the fungal mass into extending from the base of the skull to fifth cervical vertebra.
Additional Citation InformationBhagat, K., Ibrahim, H., & Naik, K. (1999). Not everything acid-fast is Mycobacterium tuberculosis: A case of Nocardia. Central African Journal of Medicine, 45 (8), 217-219.
University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences