Successful treatment of Rhodococcus equi pulmonary infection in a renal transplant recipient

Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2000 Mar;82(2):107-8.


The rhodococcus is a mycobacterium-like organism which is normally a pathogen in foals. It usually spreads by direct contact or by aerosol from horse faeces and causes pyogranulomatous pulmonary infections. Occasionally, it acts opportunistically to infect immuno-compromised human hosts, most commonly those with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Here we report a pulmonary infection by Rhodococcus equi in a renal transplant recipient who was successfully treated. The literature on this infection in transplant recipients is also reviewed with respect to manifestations and treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Actinomycetales Infections / drug therapy*
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Drug Therapy, Combination / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host*
  • Kidney Transplantation / immunology
  • Lung Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Lung Diseases / microbiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Opportunistic Infections / drug therapy*
  • Opportunistic Infections / microbiology
  • Rhodococcus equi*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents