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April 1967

Sporotrichoid Nocardiosis Caused by Nocardia Brasiliensis

Author Affiliations

St. Louis

From the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, Washington School of Medicine (Drs. Moore and Conrad), and the Homer G. Phillips Hospital (Dr. Moore), St. Louis.

Arch Dermatol. 1967;95(4):390-393. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01600340050011

A 52-year-old white man accidently inoculated his finger with a contaminated thorn while clearing the roadside of "saw briar," Smilax tamnoides var. hispida. The organism spread from the primary inoculation site to form a chain of nodules up the back of the hand, wrist, and arm to simulate sporotrichosis. The fungus was isolated in culture and identified as Nocardia brasiliensis.