Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, ISSN - 0973 - 709X

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Case report
Table of Contents - Year : 2017 | Month : August | Volume : 11 | Issue : 8 | Page : DD01 - DD03

Unfolding of a Clinically Suspected Case of Pulmonary Tuberculosis DD01-DD03

Savitha Thirouvengadame, Swapna Muthusamy, Vignesh Kanna Balaji, Joshy Maducolil Easow

Correspondence
Dr. Swapna Muthusamy,
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital and Research Centre,
Puducherry-605102, India.
E-mail: swapnamuthuswamy@gmail.com

Pulmonary nocardiosis caused by Nocardia mimics pulmonary tuberculosis in many aspects. Here, we report a case of suspected pulmonary tuberculosis turning into pulmonary nocardiosis following microbiological evaluation. Sputum sample of the patient grew Nocardia otitidiscaviarum. Identification was done by conventional methods and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight. He was given co-trimoxazole based on susceptibility reports. Even though Nocardia is a rare entity, pulmonary nocardiosis should be ruled out before starting antitubercular treatment to avoid unnecessary burden to the patient and community.