Widespread nocardiosis in two patients with Behçet's disease

Clin Exp Rheumatol. Jul-Aug 2001;19(4):459-62.

Abstract

Nocardia spp., a group of gram-positive variably acid-fast aerobic bacteria, are opportunistic pathogens in immunocompromised hosts. We here-within describe 2 cases of widespread nocardiosis in patients with Behcet's disease. In addition to endogen endophthalmitis in case 1, both cases developed lung, brain and skin involvement. Despite brain involvement, the prognosis was good, although vision was completely lost in case 1, which was directly attributable to a delay in both diagnosis and treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Behcet Syndrome / complications
  • Behcet Syndrome / drug therapy
  • Behcet Syndrome / pathology*
  • Brain / microbiology
  • Brain / pathology
  • Endophthalmitis / etiology
  • Endophthalmitis / pathology
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host
  • Lung / microbiology
  • Lung / pathology
  • Male
  • Nocardia / isolation & purification
  • Nocardia Infections / complications
  • Nocardia Infections / drug therapy
  • Nocardia Infections / pathology*
  • Opportunistic Infections / drug therapy
  • Opportunistic Infections / pathology*
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Skin / microbiology
  • Skin / pathology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed

Substances

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents