Chest wall seeding of nocardiosis as a complication of a percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy

S. F. Low, N. Abu Bakar, Ngiu Chai Soon

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Abstract

This paper highlights an uncommon complication of a percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy (PTNB). A patient with rheumatoid arthritis who was on immune suppressive drugs underwent a PTNB of a lung nodule. The histology showed "organizing usual interstitial pneumonia-like changes." Unfortunately, one month after the PTNB, she developed a large deep-seated chest wall abscess at the biopsy needle tract and the previously seen lung nodule was larger. Nocardiosis sp. was isolated from the chest wall abscess. The lung and chest wall lesions were resolved with Bactrium and Fluconazole. The final diagnosis was pulmonary nocardiasis complicated by chest wall seeding following the PTNB procedure.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiomedical Imaging and Intervention Journal
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Nocardia Infections
Biopsy
Needle Biopsy
Thoracic Wall
Needles
Lung
Abscess
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Histology
Fluconazole
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Keywords

  • Chest wall seeding
  • Complication
  • Nocardiosis
  • Percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy (PTNB)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Chest wall seeding of nocardiosis as a complication of a percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy. / Low, S. F.; Abu Bakar, N.; Chai Soon, Ngiu.

In: Biomedical Imaging and Intervention Journal, Vol. 8, No. 4, 2012.

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