Nocardia is a genus of weakly staining Gram-positive, catalase-positive, rod-shaped bacteria. It forms partially acid-fast beaded branching filaments (acting as fungi, but being truly bacteria). It contains a total of 85 species. Some species are nonpathogenic, while others are responsible for nocardiosis. Nocardia species are found worldwide in soil rich in organic matter. In addition, they are oral microflora found in healthy gingiva, as well as periodontal pockets. Most Nocardia infections are acquired by inhalation of the bacteria or through traumatic introduction.
No special preparation is needed for Smear For Nocardia Partial Acid Fast Stain Sputum. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Smear For Nocardia Partial Acid Fast Stain Sputum. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.
|UNISEX||All age groups||Nocardia is detected / identified in positive cases|