Objective: Nocardia can be introduced accidentally causing non-healing surgical wounds.
Method: From February 2017 to January 2021 samples from wounds were collected. Nocardia identification and susceptibility testing were carried out by standard procedure.
Results: Seventeen (35.4 %) Nocardia spp. and 20 other pathogens (41.7%) were recovered by culture. Drug susceptibility among Nocardia was >70% to amikacin, amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, levofloxacin, linezolid, and imipenem, 47% to cephalosporins and 41% to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole.
Conclusions: Infections with Nocardia spp. should be considered in non-healing surgical wounds.
Keywords: Nocardia; Non-healing surgical wounds; diagnosis; drug resistance; prolonged sufferings.
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