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A Case of Lung Abscess Caused by Nocardia elegans in a Kidney Transplantation Recipient
Ki Ho Park, M.D.1, Sun-Young Ko, M.D.2, Ryan Oh, M.D.1, Tark Kim, M.D.1, Oh Hyun Cho, M.D.1, Yang Soo Kim, M.D.1, Jun Hee Woo, M.D.1, Duck Jong Han, M.D.3, Heungsup Sung, M.D.2 and Mi-Na Kim, M.D.2
Departments of Internal Medicine1, Laboratory Medicine2, and Surgery3, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Vol.40 Num.2 (p116~120)
Nocardiosis is well-known opportunistic infection in immunocompromised patients. The timely diagnosis and treatment, however, is still a difficult problem. Recently, as newer molecular techniques, particularly 16S rRNA sequencing, are implemented, the diagnosis and management of the infection are improving. We report a case of lung abscess in a 39-year-old-man who underwent kidney transplantation. He was diagnosed of Nocardia elegans by 16S rRNA sequencing and was cured of the infection with appropriate antibiotic therapy.
Keywords : Nocardia elegans, Nocardiosis, Lung abscess