Rhodococcus equi infection after lung transplantation

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Rhodococcus equi is an emerging opportunistic pathogen in immunocompromised patients. A lungtransplant recipient developed weight loss, nonproductive cough, dyspnea, and somnolence. Computed tomogram showed a pulmonary nodule and pleural changes in the right allograft that was due to R. equi infection. Alteration of cell-mediated immunity is a predisposing risk factor for R. equi infection in humans. Our patient developed R. equi infection soon after a course of high-dose corticosteroids for acute allograft infection and animal exposure. A course of intravenous vancomycin followed by single-agent long-term therapy with oral ciprofloxacin was successful. © 2011 Daedalus Enterprises.
  • Published In

  • Respiratory Care  Journal
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    Author List

  • Hayes D; Diaz-Guzman E; Hoopes CW
  • Start Page

  • 1605
  • End Page

  • 1607
  • Volume

  • 56
  • Issue

  • 10