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May 1969

Mycetoma Caused by Nocardia pelletieri in the United States

Author Affiliations

Shreveport, La; Galveston, Tex; Atlanta

From the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Tex (Dr. Mullins); Shreveport, La (Dr. Bergeron); and the National Communicable Disease Center, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Atlanta (Dr. Ajello).

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(5):564-566. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610230056010

A case of actinomycotic mycetoma is reported from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. This is the first reported case of a mycetoma caused by Nocardia pelletieri in the United States. Clinical, laboratory, and radiographic studies established the diagnosis. Gross microscopic features of the lesions and the causative organism are described. The geographic distribution and classification of N pelletieri are discussed.

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