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Pulmonary nocardiosis

  • Alternative Names

    Nocardiosis - pulmonary


    Symptoms
    • Entire body
      • Fever (comes and goes)
      • General ill feeling (malaise)
      • Night sweats
    • Gastrointestinal system
      • Nausea
      • Liver and spleen swelling (hepatosplenomegaly)
      • Unintentional weight loss
      • Vomiting
    • Lungs and airways
      • Breathing difficulty
      • Chest pain not due to heart problems
      • Coughing up blood
      • Cough with mucus
      • Rapid breathing
      • Shortness of breath
    • Muscles and joints
      • Joint pain
    • Nervous system
      • Change in mental state
      • Confusion
      • Dizziness
      • Headache
      • Seizures
    • Skin
      • Skin rashes or lumps
      • Skin sores (abscesses)
      • Swollen lymph nodes

    Signs and tests
    • Bronchial alveolar lavage - fluid is sent for stain and culture
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Chest x-ray
    • Crackles (rales) in the infected lung detected by stethoscope
    • CT scan
    • Decreased breath sounds in the lung
    • Pleural fluid culture and stain
    • Sputum stain and culture