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Not everything acid-fast is Mycobacterium tuberculosis--a case of Nocardia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10697919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
K Bhagat; H Ibrahim; K Naik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Central African journal of medicine     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0008-9176     ISO Abbreviation:  Cent Afr J Med     Publication Date:  1999 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-03-23     Completed Date:  2000-03-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372566     Medline TA:  Cent Afr J Med     Country:  ZIMBABWE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  217-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Fatal Outcome
Hemiplegia / complications
Hypertension / complications
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Middle Aged
Nocardia Infections / complications,  diagnosis*,  drug therapy,  microbiology*
Nocardia asteroides*
Seizures / microbiology*

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