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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-52

Post-operative sternal wound infection due to Nocardia cyriacigeorica after open-heart surgery: Two case reports

1 Department of Microbiology, CARE Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, CARE Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jhansi Vani Devana
Department of Microbiology, CARE Hospital, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jacm.jacm_14_20

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Surgical site infection is the second most common nosocomial infection in healthcare facilities. Open-heart surgery is a clean surgery, and sternal wound infection after open-heart surgery has a great impact on the patient both psychologically and financially. Sternal wound infections are preventable infections if stringent infection control practices are followed. Sternal wound infection after cardiac surgery due to Nocardia is very rare. Nocardia species are aerobic actinomycetes ubiquitously found in soil and aquatic habitats. Nocardia are beaded Gram-positive, branching rods that are partially acid fast. We report two cases of post-operative sternal wound infection caused by Nocardia.

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