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Am J Med Sci. 2011 Jun;341(6):500-3. doi: 10.1097/MAJ.0b013e3182129d02.

Tsukamurella infection: a rare cause of community-acquired pneumonia.

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Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania, USA. yatinbmehta@gmail.com

Abstract

A 79-year-old Asian man was admitted with community-acquired pneumonia. Antimycobacterial therapy was initiated when sputum smears revealed acid fast bacilli. The patient was, however, diagnosed to have pneumonia secondary to Tsukamurella spp. This is an exceedingly rare cause of pneumonia, especially in immunocompetent individuals. Clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment strategies of Tsukamurella pneumonia are discussed with a literature review.

PMID:
21613935
DOI:
10.1097/MAJ.0b013e3182129d02
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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