Nocardia otitidiscaviarum

Nocardia otitidiscaviarum

a higher bacteria (formerly Nocardia caviae) living in soil and one of the causes of nocardiosis and actinomycetoma.

No·car·di·a o·ti·ti·dis·ca·vi·a·rum

(nō-kahr'dē-ă ō-tī-tī-dis-kā-vī-ā'rŭm)
A higher bacterial species (formerly Nocardia caviae) living in soil; causes nocardiosis and actinomycetoma.


a genus of gram-positive, modified acid-fast bacteria, with branching filaments that break into cocci or bacilli, in the family Nocardiaceae. Most are soil saprophytes which uncommonly may cause pyogranulomatous infections in a number of species.

Nocardia asteroides, Nocardia brasiliensis
may cause mastitis in cattle, pneumonia, mastitis and lymphadenitis in pigs, sheep and goats, and cutaneous or systemic nocardiosis of dogs and cats.
Nocardia farcinica
there is some uncertainty about the taxonomic status of this species; causes bovine farcy.
Nocardia otitidiscaviarum
causes dermatitis on guinea pig ears.
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Primary cutaneous Nocardia otitidiscaviarum infection in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis treated with infliximab.
With the exception of Nocardia nova and Nocardia otitidiscaviarum, Nocardia species were not identified, nor were Tsukamurella or Gordonia species.