Nocardia brain abscess in a patient with chronic lymphocytic leukemia Kronik lenfositer lösemili hastada nocardia beyin apsesi

Vanli E., Sili U., Saltoǧlu N., Mete B., Özaras R., Mert A., ...More

Klimik Dergisi, vol.23, no.3, pp.134-137, 2010 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/kd.2010.35
  • Journal Name: Klimik Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.134-137
  • Keywords: Nocardia, brain abscess, immunocompromised host, drug therapy
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


Brain abscess due to Nocardia infection is an acute medical emergency among immunocompromised patients. Delayed identification of the bacteria is responsible for the high mortality rate. It may be confused with intracranial tumors and requires long-term antibiotic therapy after drainage. We report a case of Nocardia cerebral abscess in an immunocompromised patient. He was given steroids for chronic lymphocytic leukemia and developed suspected pulmonary nocardiosis. Then he developed a cerebral abscess due to Nocardia and was treated with surgery and long-term antimicrobial treatment.