BAL: Nocardia species – Shipped May 2011
The challenge was sent to category A labs. Participants were expected to isolate and identify Nocardia species.
The sample was a simulated bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) obtained from a 50 year old with lymphoma.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M111-5
- Although Rhodococcus has some of the same characteristics as Nocardia, the development of pigment, or aerial mycelium, should enable differentiation after continued incubation.