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CLINICAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 122-126

Pulmonary nocardiosis: A case presentation


1 Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamill Nadu, India
2 Charge Nurse, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamill Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Mrs. Hilda Mercy Priyadarsini
College of Nursing, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijcn.ijcn_114_21

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Nocardiosis is a rare, Gram-positive bacterial infection caused by aerobic actinomycetes in the genus Nocardia. Nocardia species are not the part of normal human flora. Although the occurrence of Nocardiosis is predominant in immunosuppressed individuals, it has not failed to affect immunocompetent individuals. The organ that is most commonly affected is the lung but if left undiagnosed or untreated the infection can spread to other vital organs such as the brain and spinal cord and result in significant mortality. A thorough knowledge and a quick assessment skill are necessary to care for patients affected with such deadly diseases. The aetiology, risk factors, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and medical and nursing management of patients affected with Nocardiosis are discussed using a case study approach.


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