Vertebral osteomyelitis caused by Nocardia asteroides: Report and review of the literature

Jacqueline Laurin, C. S. Resnik, D. Wheeler, B. W. Needleman

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A 65-year-old man with 9 months of radicular lower back pain was admitted for treatment of presumed malignancy of the lumbar spine. Lumbar radiographs showed destruction of the L4-L5 endplates and obliteration of the disc space, which was more compatible with an infectious process. After 2 different closed biopsy specimens failed to reveal an etiologic organism, N. asteroides was cultured from an open biopsy sample of the affected vertebrae. This and 8 other cases in the English literature of vertebral osteomyelitis caused by N. asteroides are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-458
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes



  • Discites
  • Low back pain
  • Nocardia asteroides
  • Vertebral osteomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Rheumatology

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