Rhodococcus equi brain abscess in a patient without HIV
- Department of Internal Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
- Correspondence to: Dr V Kak Department of Internal Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA;
- Accepted 20 August 2004
Rhodococcus equi, a Gram positive organism, is a cause of infections in immunocompromised individuals. In humans, it mainly causes disease in those infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and generally presents as chronic pulmonary infection. It may also cause intracranial infections, which manifest as brain abscesses. This report describes a case of rhodococcus brain and pulmonary infection in a patient who did not have HIV or another disorder of cell mediated immunity. He was treated with intravenous imipenem, vancomycin, and rifampin for eight weeks and recovered from the infection.
The patient gave his consent for the case to be published.