Cerebral infection with Rhodococcus equi in a heart transplant recipient

J Heart Lung Transplant. 2002 Oct;21(10):1147-9. doi: 10.1016/s1053-2498(02)00420-5.


Iatrogenic immunosuppression following organ transplantation leads to an increased number of opportunistic bacterial and viral infections. Similar to patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection transplant recipients may suffer from rare infectious diseases. Herein we report on a patient presenting with a cerebral infection who had previously undergone orthotopic cardiac transplantation. Rhodococcus equi was isolated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Actinomycetales Infections / diagnosis*
  • Actinomycetales Infections / drug therapy
  • Actinomycetales Infections / pathology
  • Brain Abscess / drug therapy
  • Brain Abscess / microbiology*
  • Brain Abscess / pathology
  • Heart Transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / microbiology*
  • Rhodococcus equi*