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Brief Reports
June 30, 1978

Persistent Nocardemia Following Renal TransplantationAssociation With Pulmonary Nocardiosis

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Nephrology, The Long Island College Hospital (Drs Avram and Lipner), and the Microbiology Laboratory, The Jewish Hospital and Medical Center of Brooklyn (Drs Nair and Cherubin), Brooklyn, NY.

JAMA. 1978;239(26):2779-2780. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280530043021

Pulmonary nocardiosis occurred in a renal homotransplant patient and was diagnosed by persistently positive blood cultures. Infection developed at a time when efforts were being made with moderate dosages of immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection of the transplant. The subsequent nocardemia lasted for one week. The remaining kidney function was preserved, and the patient had a very favorable outcome because of early diagnosis and prompt treatment with sulfisoxazole.

(JAMA 239:2779-2780, 1978)