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Nocardiosis as a Complication of Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis

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Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut

Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(2_Part_1):314. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-2-314
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By coincidence, two articles dealing with nocardiosis as a complication of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis appear in this issue of the ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE. Carlsen, Hill, and Rowlands described two cases which occurred in Colorado; Andriole, Ballas, and Wilson observed a third in Connecticut. If we combine their findings and surveys of the medical literature, the result is 9 nocardial infections among 77 cases of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, an incidence of a little more than 10 per cent. The possibility of an even higher rate of association is suggested by Andriole, Ballas, and Wilson who believe that nocardiosis may have


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