Nocardia

Sites

  • Lung which can spread to CNS, skin

Etiology

  • Lives in soil
  • Uncommon cause CAP
  • Inhaled or via open wound

Risk Factors

  • Glucocorticoid use or otherwise immunocomp

Symptoms

  • Subacute cough
  • Sob
  • F
  • Abscess
  • Cellulitis
  • Confusion
  • Lymphangitis if direct inoculation, adenopathy
  • Focal neuro findings w/brain abscess

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