Pulmonary nocardial infection and pseudomonas infection of the tongue in a patient with dermatomyositis

J Assoc Physicians India. 2001 Aug;49:850-1.


Opportunistic infections in immunocompromised patients are common. We report the case of a 63 year old female patient with dermatomyositis who while on oral steroids developed nocardial infection of the lung and pseudomonas infection of the tongue simultaneously. Nocardial infections are not very commonly seen in patients with dermatomyositis. Pseudomonas infection of the tongue is a rarity. We report this case for its rarity as regards the type and site of infections and review the relevant literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dermatomyositis / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Nocardia Infections / diagnostic imaging
  • Nocardia Infections / etiology*
  • Pseudomonas Infections / etiology*
  • Pseudomonas Infections / pathology
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / diagnostic imaging
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / etiology*
  • Tongue / microbiology
  • Tongue / pathology*