Nocardia

Presentation

Appropriate Tests

Can cause pneumonia, skin and soft tissue infections and disseminated infections

MCS sputum, Skin biopsy, and tissue biopsies (including Brain biopsy). 

Bronchoscopy specimens.

Tissue histopathology.

Speciation by PCR, susceptibility testing by broth microdilution.

See also Infections in Northern Australia, Pneumonia