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April 1967

Sporotrichoid Nocardiosis Caused by Nocardia Brasiliensis

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.