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Septic Prepatellar Bursitis Caused by Traumatic Inoculation of Nocardia NovaCase Report and Literature Review
Walter A. Anazonwu, BS1; Lisa Goldstein, MD2; John R. Lonks, MD2; Lee E. Rubin, MD3
1 Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 222 Richmond Street, Providence, RI, 02906. E-mail address: walter_anazonwu@brown.edu
2 Department of Pathology, The Miriam Hospital, 164 Summit Avenue, Providence, RI 02906. E-mail address for L. Goldstein: lgoldstein@lifespan.org. E-mail address for J.R. Lonks: John_Lonks@brown.edu
3 University Orthopedics, Inc., 2 Dudley Street, Suite 200, Providence, RI 02905. E-mail address: lrubin@universityorthopedics.com
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Copyright © 2013 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
JBJS Case Connector, 2013 May 08;3(2):e45 1-3. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.L.00307
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The Nocardia species belongs to the Actinomycetaceae family, and it typically appears as delicate, branching, and filamentous gram-positive rods. Because of the uncommon nature of Nocardia infections, very few cases of musculoskeletal infections caused by the Nocardia species have been reported1. One case reported Nocardia nova infection of a total hip prosthesis in a patient who had a severe case of systemic lupus erythematosus2, and another report described cutaneous nocardiosis that led to sepsis following a total knee replacement1. In this paper, we report an unusual case of septic prepatellar bursitis caused by Nocardia nova following a traumatic injury. Since the mechanism of injury in this case report is so universally common, the importance of this report is twofold: first, to alert orthopaedic surgeons to include Nocardia species on a differential list of bacterial pathogens, and second, to suggest consideration that culture results be followed for an extended period to assist in the identification of atypical pathogens when diagnosing musculoskeletal infections. The patient was informed that data concerning the case would be submitted for publication, and she provided consent.
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