pertaining to or caused by Nocardia.
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[Edmund I. E. Nocard, Fr. veterinary pathologist, 1850–1903]
A genus of gram-positive aerobic bacilli that often appear in filaments. Some species are acid-fast and thus may be confused with the causative organism for tuberculosis when stained. A species pathogenic for humans causes the disease nocardiosis. nocardial (no-kar'de-al), adjective

Nocardia asteroides

A species pathogenic for humans in which abscesses called mycetomas arise in the skin. The invasion site may be the lungs or skin. See: nocardiosis

Nocardia brasiliensis

A species pathogenic for humans in which chronic subcutaneous abscesses are formed.
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Nocardial infections in the immunocompromised host: A detailed study in a defined population.
Cobo et al., "Nocardial infection in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus," Clinical Microbiology and Infection, vol.
At least 50 nocardial species have been identified as human pathogens though 113 species have been elucidated to date (see
Causey, "Nocardial infections in the United States, 1972-1974," The Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol.
Nocardial brain abscess: observation of treatment strategies and outcome in Switzerland from 1992 to 1999.
Host resistance to Nocardial infection depends on cell-mediated immunity.
Excisional cervical lymph node and lung biopsy samples were processed for bacterial, nocardial, fungal, and mycobacterial cultures and staining.
* Certain pathogens* including gram-negative bacteria*[ nocardial abscess*(8*9)or aspergillosis[ portend a worse prognosis and higher mortality rates* particularly in immune-compromised patients.
We report here a rare case of nocardial pneumonia that was wrongly treated as pulmonary tuberculosis for first few weeks.
(5.) Ali T, Chakraburtty A, Mahmood S, Bronze MS Risk of nocardial infections with anti-tumor necrosis factor therapy.
(10,11) Conventional approaches for detection of nocardial infection are isolation and identification of the bacterium by microbiological tests.