Nocardia otitidiscaviarum infection of a traumatic skin wound

  • L. Mereghetti
  • N. van der Mee-Marquet
  • A. F. Dubost
  • P. Boiron


A case of primaryNocardia otitidiscaviarum infection of a skin wound over an open fracture in a previously healthy adult who suffered multiple trauma in a car accident is reported. The organism was identified in cultures of pus specimens from the infected wound. The case demonstrated the difficulties of testing susceptibility of nocardiae in vitro and the necessity of prolonged antibiotic treatment. The prevalence of nocardial infections is underestimated, highlighting the need for adequate documentation of such infections and compilation of the information by public health authorities.


Public Health Internal Medicine Infected Wound Antibiotic Treatment Healthy Adult 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Mereghetti
    • 1
  • N. van der Mee-Marquet
    • 1
  • A. F. Dubost
    • 2
    • 3
  • P. Boiron
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Bactériologie et d'Hygiène HospitalièreHôpital TrousseauTours CedexFrance
  2. 2.Département d'Orthopédie et de TraumatologieHôpital TrousseauTours CedexFrance
  3. 3.Département d'Anesthésie-RéanimationHôpital TrousseauTours CedexFrance
  4. 4.Unité de MycologieInstitut PasteurParisFrance

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