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Successful treatment of Rhodococcus equi pulmonary infection in a renal transplant recipient.

By H. P. Marsh, I. C. Bowler and C. J. Watson


The rhodococcus is a mycobacterium-like organism which is normally a pathogen in foals. It usually spreads by direct contact or by aerosol from horse faeces and causes pyogranulomatous pulmonary infections. Occasionally, it acts opportunistically to infect immuno-compromised human hosts, most commonly those with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Here we report a pulmonary infection by Rhodococcus equi in a renal transplant recipient who was successfully treated. The literature on this infection in transplant recipients is also reviewed with respect to manifestations and treatment

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Publisher: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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