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  1. Actinomycosis

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    ... or infection. Common triggers include dental abscess or oral surgery. The infection can also affect certain women who ... Full recovery can be expected with treatment. Possible Complications In rare cases, meningitis can develop from actinomycosis. ...

  2. Periapical actinomycosis

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    Pasupathy, Sanjay P; Chakravarthy, Dhanavel; Chanmougananda, Sumathy; Nair, Preeti P

    2012-01-01

    Actinomycosis is a rare chronic infection caused by species of Actinomyces and characterised by abscess formation, tissue fibrosis, suppurative lesions and fistulas with purulent discharge containing sulphur granules. Owing to its multiform manners of presentation and non-specificity from its clinical features, it has been considered as a challenging diagnosis. Periapical actinomycosis is one of the rarest forms of actinomycosis occurring in the maxillofacial region. In its occurrence it pres...

  3. Periapical actinomycosis.

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    Pasupathy, Sanjay P; Chakravarthy, Dhanavel; Chanmougananda, Sumathy; Nair, Preeti P

    2012-08-01

    Actinomycosis is a rare chronic infection caused by species of Actinomyces and characterised by abscess formation, tissue fibrosis, suppurative lesions and fistulas with purulent discharge containing sulphur granules. Owing to its multiform manners of presentation and non-specificity from its clinical features, it has been considered as a challenging diagnosis. Periapical actinomycosis is one of the rarest forms of actinomycosis occurring in the maxillofacial region. In its occurrence it presents in the form of persistent and recurrent draining fistula in the periapical region. We report a case of periapical actinomycosis occurred in endodontically treated teeth and accidentally found to be actinomycosis during histopatological examination. An insight towards the portal of entry of the organisms into the periapical region is also discussed. The practice of sending even a tiny bit of tissues to histopathology obtained from periapical surgery will very well demonstrate this disease and help in rapid resolution through appropriate antibiotic therapy.

  4. Nasopharyngeal Actinomycosis

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    Lamia Ouertatani

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nasopharyngeal actinomycosis is a rarely encountered bacterial infection which usually occurs after nasal trauma or surgery. In some clinical cases, nasopharyngeal actinomycosis has appeared in patients without prior trauma, making diagnosis difficult. Here we present three such cases successfully treated with appropriate dosages of penicillin. One 16-year-old boy with no previous medical antecedents showed an important thickening of the posterior wall of the nasopharynx. A similar nasopharyngeal thickening was found in a 42-year-old woman exhibiting poor dental hygiene. In another 42-year-old woman, nasopharyngeal inflammation was accompanied by multiple right lymphoadenopathies. Like the first two patients, the woman had no prior trauma but did exhibit poor dental hygiene and teeth rottenness. In all three patients, actinomycosis diagnosis was confirmed by anaerobic microbial culturing of the biopsy specimen. Although diagnosis is delayed in patients with no prior trauma, treatment with antibiotics has greatly improved the prognosis for all forms of actinomycosis, and neither death nor deformity is common.

  5. Pelvic Actinomycosis

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    Alejandra García-García

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Actinomycosis is a chronic bacterial infection caused by Actinomyces, Gram-positive anaerobic bacteria. Its symptomatology imitates some malignant pelvic tumours, tuberculosis, or nocardiosis, causing abscesses and fistulas. Actinomycoses are opportunistic infections and require normal mucous barriers to be altered. No epidemiological studies have been conducted to determine prevalence or incidence of such infections. Objective. To analyse the clinical cases of pelvic actinomycosis reported worldwide, to update the information about the disease. Methods. A systematic review of worldwide pelvic actinomycosis cases between 1980 and 2014 was performed, utilising the PubMed, Scopus, and Google Scholar databases. The following information was analysed: year, country, type of study, number of cases, use of intrauterine device (IUD, final and initial diagnosis, and method of diagnosis. Results. 63 articles met the search criteria, of which 55 reported clinical cases and 8 reported cross-sectional studies. Conclusions. Pelvic actinomycosis is confusing to diagnose and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of pelvic chronic inflammatory lesions. It is commonly diagnosed through a histological report, obtained after a surgery subsequent to an erroneous initial diagnosis. A bacterial culture in anaerobic medium could be useful for the diagnosis but requires a controlled technique and should be performed using specialised equipment.

  6. Actinomycosis of Submandibular Gland

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    Lee, Jin Ho; Park, In Woo [Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, College of Dentistry, Kangnung National University, Kangnung (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Hang Moon; Heo, MIn Suk; Lee, Sam Sun [Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Dental Research Institute College of Dentistry, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-06-15

    Actinomycosis is defined as a chronic, specific, suppurative, granulomatous disease caused mainly by the anaerobic, gram positive organism, Actinomyces israelii. Actinomycosis in the salivary gland is a rare disease that is caused by an inhabitant of the normal flora. We report the case of the actinomycosis of submandibular gland. A 53-year old man presented with the swelling on left submandiblar area. The lesion was not painful but had been increasing for about 10 days. In the CT view, the internal portion of the mass showed homogeneous moderate signal. The mass had continuities with the inferior portion of the left enlarged submandibular gland. In the MRI, there was a mass that showed a buldging pattern inferiorly in the left submandibular gland without bony invasion sign. The biopsy shows the colony of special organism. Many filaments are discovered with clubbed ends diffused from center of colony. We diagnosed this disease as actinomycosis in the submandibular gland by the postoperational biopsy.

  7. Tubo-ovarian actinomycosis.

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    Shroff C

    1981-01-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycotic infection of the female genital tract is rare. Actinomycosis is a chronic suppurative granulomatous infection that is characterized by formation of abscesses, multiple draining sinuses and appearance of tangled mycelial masses or granules in the discharges and tissue sections. 2 cases of tubo-ovarian actinomycosis are reported. The 1st case presented clinical with gastrointestinal symptoms and a ventral scar hernia following an operation for a non-healing abdominal wound 6 months earlier. The 2nd case sought medical attention for backache and leucorrhea of 4 years′ duration. Exploratory laparotomy in the 1st case revealed tubo-ovarian masses; the vermiform appendix was not traceable. The uterine cavity in the 2nd case harbored a wooden stick. Direct extension from established ileocacal actinomycosis was believed to involve the female genital adnexae in the past. Association of tubo-ovarian actinomycosis with the presence of a foreign body in the female genital tract has been reported sporadically in the literature, yet an increase in the incidence may be expected because of the frequent use of intrauterine contraceptive devices in recent times. It is suggested that in women presenting clinically with vague abdominal symptoms, backache and discharge, actinomycosis should be considered and ruled out with the help of cytologic and proper microbial culture methods. Once the diagnosis is established, the infection can be treated with good results with penicillin.

  8. [Thoracic actinomycosis: three cases].

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    Herrak, L; Msougar, Y; Ouadnouni, Y; Bouchikh, M; Benosmane, A

    2007-09-01

    Actinomycosis is a rare condition which, in the thoracic localisation, can mimic cancer or tuberculosis. We report a series of three case of thoracic actinomycosis treated in the Ibn Sina University Thoracic Surgery Unit in Rabat, Morocco. CASE N degrees 1: This 45-year-old patient presented a tumefaction on the left anterior aspect of the chest. Physical examination identified a parietal mass with fistulisation to the skin. Radiography demonstrated a left pulmonary mass. Transparietal puncture led to the pathological diagnosis of actinomycosis. The patient was given medical treatment and improved clinically and radiographically. CASE N degrees 2: This 68-year-old patient presented repeated episodes of hemoptysis. The chest x-ray revealed atelectasia of the middle lobe and bronchial fibroscopy demonstrated the presence of a bud in the middle lobar bronchus. Biopsies were negative. The patient underwent surgery and the histology examination of the operative specimen revealed pulmonary actinomycosis. The patient recovered well clinically and radiographically with antibiotic therapy. CASE N degrees 3: This 56-year-old patient presented cough and hemoptysis. Physical examination revealed a left condensation and destruction of the left lung was noted on the chest x-ray. Left pleuropulmonectomy was performed. Histological analysis of the surgical specimen identified associated Aspergillus and Actinomyces. The outcome was favorable with medical treatment. The purpose of this work was to recall the radiological, clinical, histological, therapeutic, outcome aspects of this condition and to relate the problems of differential diagnosis when can suggest other diseases.

  9. Thoracic and abdominopelvic actinomycosis

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    This infection was patho- logically proven to be actinomycosis and the patient duly responded to IV penicillin treatment. REVIEW ARTICLE. 5. SA JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY • December 2005. Figs 2a and b. Axial post-contrast CT scan of the chest demonstrating a left para-aor- tic mass extending to the anterior thoracic.

  10. MR findings of hepatic actinomycosis: case report

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    Ko, Seog Wan [Seonam University Medical School, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Yong Yeon; Kang Hyeoung Keun [Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-04-01

    Actinomycosis in an uncommon chronic infection disease caused by actinomyces. There are three distinct forms of the condition, namely cervicofascial, thoracic, and abdominal; the hepatic variety is an unusual form of abdominal actinomycosis, accounting for about 15% of cases of this type. Many reports of actinomycosis have been published, but few have detailed the MR findings of hepatic actinomycosis. We describe the contrast-enhanced CT and MR findings in one case of hepatic actinomycosis.

  11. Primary renal and retroperitoneal actinomycosis

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    Horvath, K.; Palko, A. [Szent-Gyoergyi Albert Medical University, Department of Radiology, Szeged (Hungary); Porkolab, Z. [Dept. of Urology, Josa A. County Hospital, Szent (Hungary)

    2000-02-01

    A case of the rare condition of renal and retroperitoneal actinomycosis is presented. The clinical and imaging (ultrasonography and computed tomography) findings are described and attention is drawn to the diagnostic difficulties in this rare disease. (orig.)

  12. CT findings in abdominal actinomycosis

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    Lee, In Jae [Hallym Univ. College of Medicine, Chunchon (Korea, Republic of); Ha, Hyun Kwon; Lee, Moon Gyu; Kim, Pyo Nyun; Auh, Yong Ho [Asan Medical Center, Ulsan Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1999-05-01

    Abdominal actinomycosis is a chronic, progressive, suppurative disease with a favorable response to intravenous treatment with penicillin. In many instances, however, its clinical and radiological findings may overlap with those of other inflammatory and neoplastic conditions, and the familiarity with the various radiological features can thus avoid diagnostic delays. The purpose of this paper is to describe and discuss the CT findings of abdominal actinomycosis.

  13. Cutaneous actinomycosis: A rare case

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    Metgud S

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Cutaneous actinomycosis is a rare presentation. Here we present a case of cutaneous actinomycosis with no history of trauma or systemic dissemination. The isolate was identified as Actinomyces viscosus by standard methods. The isolate was found to be penicillin resistant by Kirby Bauer disc diffusion method. Therefore, the patient was treated with cotrimoxazole and improved. Thus, this case highlights the importance of isolation and susceptibility testing in actinomycotic infection. The sinuses have healed, and the patient has recovered.

  14. Urachal Actinomycosis : CT Findings in Two Patients

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    Jung, Jin Young; Kim, Hee Jin; Yoon, Sang Wook; Kim, Kyoung Ah; Kim, Man Deuk; Heo, Jin Hyung [CHA Bundang Medical Center, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-11-15

    Actinomycosis involving the urachal remnant is extremely rare. Urachal actinomycosis may mimic urachal carcinoma and other infectious conditions of the urachal remnant or the abdominal wall. We report computed tomography (CT) findings of actinomycosis involving the urachal remnant in two patients who were surgically treated.

  15. Abdominopelvic Actinomycosis Mimicking Ovarian Cancer

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    Wei-Min Hu

    2005-12-01

    Conclusions: Actinomycosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of abdominal or pelvic malignancies in women who have used an intrauterine device for contraception. Although treatment usually consists of surgical resection of the affected area due to preoperative diagnostic difficulty, we suggest using a less invasive procedure, such as small piece-incision biopsy and an immediate frozen pathology to avoid the potential risk of overtreatment and unnecessary complications.

  16. Actinomycosis in urachal sinus : a case report

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    Kwak, Jin Young; Kim, Hee Jin; Ahn, Hee Jeong [Pundang CHA General Hospital, Sungnam (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-06-01

    Primary actinomycosis of the urachal remnants is rare disease, and was not reported in Korean literature. We report the fistulographic and CT findings of a case of actinomycosis in the urachal sinus of a 31 year-old-man. (author). 10 refs., 3 figs.

  17. Liver actinomycosis mimicking liver tumor

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    Ćulafić Đorđe M.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The liver actinomycosis is a rare disease associated with complex differentiation from the liver metastases or hepatocellular carcinoma. Case report. A 50-year old immunocompetent female patient was admitted to the Surgical Department in an exhausted condition, with dyspnea, significant weight loss and intermittent fever in the recent two months. Diagnostic procedures that followed, including abdominal ultrasound and computed tomography led us to the diagnosis of metastatic liver disease of unknown etiology with pleural and pericardial effusion. Intraoperatively, the presence of liver pseudotumor without malignancy in the liver was confirmed. Histological examination confirmed the diagnosis of liver actinomycosis. Prolonged treatment with high dose penicillin was performed and all signs and symptoms resolved completely without further problems. The control abdominal ultrasound finding was normal. Conclusion. Liver actinomycosis has a nonspecific presentation, often mimicking liver tumor. A timely diagnosis as well as a combined surgical and antibiotic therapy is necessary in the treatment of patients with primary disease and prevention of complications.

  18. Primary actinomycosis of vulva with inguinal lymphadenopathy

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    Anand J Asia

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycosis is a chronic suppurative granulomatous infection of subcutaneous tissues caused by bacterium Actinomyces israelii. It is a normal commensal of the oral cavity, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and vagina. Infection is first established locally by breach of mucosal barrier during various procedures, aspiration, trauma, or human bite. Rarely, it may spread through hematogenous and lymphatic system. We present a case of actinomycosis involving the vulva, extending to the inguinal region along with inguinal lymphadenopathy. Involvement of vulva by actinomycosis is uncommon in literature.

  19. Cutaneous actinomycosis. A case report

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    Tomasz Wasyłyszyn

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available A 27 year old patient presented a swollen lesion in the right mandibular area. Prior to the visit the patient was diagnosed with acne and was treated for 6 consecutive months with oral limecycline with no positive response. During the visit the cervicofacial actinomycosis was diagnosed and the patient was administered treatment containing oral amoxycilin plus clavulanic acid among others. The skin lesion disappeared within three weeks. The authors discuss this case in spite of diagnostic difficulties of this uncommon condition, especially while differentiating from acne conglobata.

  20. Misleading diagnosis of retroperitoneal actinomycosis

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    Berchtenbreiter, C.; Bruening, R.; Reiser, M. [Inst. of Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospital Grosshadern, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich (Germany); Auernhammer, A. [Medical Clinic II, Univ. Hospital Grosshadern, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich (Germany)

    1999-07-01

    A 34-year-old woman presented with a left-sided suprarenal space-occupying lesion on sonography. Culture of material obtained during sonographic-guided puncture of the retroperitoneal lesion yielded a mixed flora of Actinomyces and Peptostreptococcus. Initially, a misleading diagnosis of an adrenal pheochromocytoma was initiated by highly positive metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy after chemical chemistry vanillylmandelic acid (VMA) test showed elevated values for adrenaline and its derivatives. Retroperitoneal actinomycosis with yet unproven spread into thoracic and cervical compartments is a particular unusual presentation of an infection with these organisms. Because it may mimic subacute infections or malignant masses in terms of clinical and laboratory findings, radiological diagnosis of this entity may be difficult. The diagnosis was based on results of culture and the response of the patient to long-term penicillin-derivate therapy after surgical drainage of the suprarenal abscess formation. (orig.)

  1. [Cerebral actinomycosis pseudotumor: a case report].

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    Battikh, R; M'Sadek, F; Bougrine, F; Madhi, W; Ben Abdelhafidh, N; Bouziani, A; Yedeas, M; Othmani, S

    2011-03-01

    Cerebral actinomycosis is rare and difficult to diagnose. We report a case of a 45-year-old man hospitalized for seizures associated with fever and left hemiparesis. The white cell count and C-reactive protein were elevated. HIV serology was negative. Blood cultures remained sterile. The CT scan revealed hyperdense nodular lesions in the occipital area, with annular contrast uptake and peripheral edema causing a mass effect, suggestive of brain metastasis. The pathology examination of a surgical specimen disclosed cerebral actinomycosis. A dental origin of the infection was suspected. Hemiparesis remained after a 12-month antibiotic regimen associated with dental care and short-term corticosteroid therapy. Actinomycosis should be discussed as a possible diagnosis for all cerebral lesions, particularly in patients with a potential dental infection. Histology is required for positive diagnosis. Antibiotic therapy alone is generally sufficient; surgery is often performed for diagnostic purposes. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  2. Thoracoabdominal actinomycosis mimicking metastatic disease: case report

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    Ros, L.H.; Villacampa, V.M. [Hospital Miguel Servet, Dept. of Radiology, Zaragoza (Spain); Torres, G.M. [Univ. of Florida, Dept. of Radiology, Gainesville, Florida (United States); Ros, P.R. [Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Dept. of Radiology, Boston, Massachusetts (United States)

    1999-12-01

    Actinomycosis is a chronic suppurative infection with bacteria of the Actinomycetaceae family, characterized by the formation of abundant granular tissue and multiple abscesses. It is a rare entity, and clinical and radiological findings are similar to those in other inflammatory and in neoplastic processes. Actinomycosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis in high-risk patients with predisposing factors, such as alcoholism, poor oral hygiene, maxillofacial trauma, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, steroid ingestion or immunodeficiency, and in patients in whom the disease history does not correlate with widespread metastatic involvement. Early diagnosis is important, to prevent disease progression and unnecessary surgery, since the response to drug treatment is very good. We present a case of diffuse actinomycosis involving multiple organs (liver, kidneys, colon, and lungs) that simulated metastatic disease on radiography and computed tomography (CT). (author)

  3. Hepatic Actinomycosis Presenting as a Liver Tumour: Case Report and Literature Review

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    Alex T. Lai

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Hepatic actinomycosis poses a difficult problem in both diagnosis and management. We report the management of a patient with isolated hepatic actinomycosis, and review the clinical features and management of patients with hepatic actinomycosis mimicking liver tumour.

  4. [Pelvic actinomycosis: Diagnostic and therapeutic aspects].

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    Mbarki, C; Ben Abdelaziz, A; Sahnoun, R; El Kadhi, Y; Douik, F; Hsayaoui, N; Mezghenni, S; Oueslati, H

    2016-03-01

    Actinomycosis is a rare little known granulomatous suppurative disease, more common in women, aided by the use of contraceptive purposes intrauterine device (IUD). Pelvic location is the rarest with an extension to adjacent organs making preoperative diagnosis difficult and misleading clinical presentation. Early diagnosis of this affection determines the therapeutic strategy and avoids mutilating interventions especially in young women. We reviewed the record of women who consulted the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Ben Arous hospital (Tunisia) between January 2003 and December 2013 for a pelvic pain syndrome and in whom diagnosis of actinomycosis was suspected by clinical and imaging and confirmed by pathology. Eight cases of gynecologic abdominopelvic actinomycosis were diagnosed during the study period. Seven patients were carriers of an intrauterine device, with an average duration of 5 years wearing. Functional signs were essentially pelvic pain and fever. Physical examination of patients mainly showed two clinical presentations: a pelvic tumor syndrome or abdominopelvic and an array of pelvic abscess or pelvic inflammatory disease. Radiological investigations were allowed to suspect the diagnosis of actinomycosis only in one patient, in whom percutaneous biopsy confirmed the histological diagnosis without resorting to a surgical procedure. Operative procedures performed were varied as appropriate. The diagnosis of actinomycosis was made by pathology without any cases of bacterial isolation. All patients received antibiotic treatment with penicillin. The subsequent evolution was favorable. The diagnosis of actinomycosis should be considered in any invasive abdominal mass of neoplastic appearance and in case of table of genital infection especially in patients bearing IUD for 5 years or more. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier SAS.

  5. [Pulmonary actinomycosis simulating Tobias-Pancoast tumor].

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    Teixeira, Amanda Nogueira Barbosa Dantas; Alves, Carmen Laís Gervásio Fônseca; Martins Filho, Erbert Portela; Mendes, Evandro Magno Firmeza; Nunes, Jefferson Torres

    2011-01-01

    Actinomycosis is a rare infection that may involve several organs. Thoracic involvement is uncommon (10-20%). This article describes the case of a 33 year-old patient, HIV negative, complaining of burning pain in the left posterior chest radiating to the left upper arm and reduced strength and paresthesias. The CT scan showed a mass in close contact with the chest wall. Following a thoracotomy, observation verified a solid pulmonary lesion adhered to the left upper lobe, infiltrating the posterior thoracic wall and apex of the cavity with rich vascularization. An incisional biopsy of the lesion and microbiological study revealed actinomycosis.

  6. Vocal Cord Actinomycosis Mimicking a Laryngeal Tumor

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    Keisuke Yoshihama

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Laryngeal carcinoma and laryngeal papilloma are the most commonly encountered tumorous lesions in the larynx. Herein, we report a case of the mass arising from the left vocal cord in a 49-year-old Japanese man. Endoscopic examination suggested that the mass is a tumor such as carcinoma and papilloma. Pathological examination showed that the specimen demonstrated actinomycosis in the left vocal cord. Although vocal cord actinomycosis is extremely rare, the otolaryngologist should recognize this condition during the inspection of the larynx.

  7. Vocal Cord Actinomycosis Mimicking a Laryngeal Tumor

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    Yoshihama, Keisuke; Kato, Yasumasa; Baba, Yuh

    2013-01-01

    Laryngeal carcinoma and laryngeal papilloma are the most commonly encountered tumorous lesions in the larynx. Herein, we report a case of the mass arising from the left vocal cord in a 49-year-old Japanese man. Endoscopic examination suggested that the mass is a tumor such as carcinoma and papilloma. Pathological examination showed that the specimen demonstrated actinomycosis in the left vocal cord. Although vocal cord actinomycosis is extremely rare, the otolaryngologist should recognize this condition during the inspection of the larynx. PMID:23573444

  8. Actinomycosis mimicking abdominal neoplasm. Case report

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    Waaddegaard, P; Dziegiel, M

    1988-01-01

    In a patient with a 6-month history of nonspecific abdominal complaints, preoperative examination indicated malignant disease involving the right ovary, rectum and sigmoid, but laparotomy revealed abdominal actinomycosis. Removal of the ovary and low anterior colonic resection followed by penicil...

  9. Field Surgical Intervention of Bovine Actinomycosis

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    U. Farooq*, A. Qayyum, H. A. Samad, H. R. Chaudhry and N. Ahmad1

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycosis, or lumpy jaw, is an important cause of economic losses in livestock because of its widespread occurrence and poor response to the routine clinical treatment. The present study describes a typical case of bovine actinomycosis in a seven-month pregnant Sahiwal heifer with a hard swelling on the middle of the maxilla bone at the level of the central molar teeth. Tentative diagnosis was made through clinical signs. After maturation of the swelling, the area was incised under local anesthesia and debridement of the wound was achieved by sharp surgical debridement and mechanical debridement. Pus, having the appearance of sulphur granules, was completely removed from the excised cavity, which was closed by applying mattress sutures. Adjunct therapy of broad-spectrum antibiotic was administered intramuscularly for five days as a post-operative measure. Catamnesis revealed that the healing was complete in 15 days with no recurrence and untoward consequences.

  10. Actinomyces meyeri, a Common Agent of Actinomycosis.

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    Rolfe, Robert; Steed, Lisa L; Salgado, Cassandra; Kilby, J Michael

    2016-07-01

    Actinomyces, particularly Actinomyces israelii, may cause indolent, persistent infections or represent normal mucosal flora, leading to management dilemmas. Prompted by a refractory Actinomyces meyeri infection complicating AIDS, clinical data for all Actinomyces isolates at our hospital laboratory since 1998 were analyzed. A total of 140 cases had a positive result for Actinomyces cultures. Of 130 cases with adequate follow-up, 36 (28%) cases had end-organ or disseminated disease treated with prolonged antibiotics or surgery or both (Group 1). A. meyeri was more common than A. israelii (33% versus 8%; P Actinomyces isolates was not associated with adverse outcomes. Alcoholism or foreign bodies were associated with actinomycosis. A. meyeri may be a more common cause of actinomycosis than previously recognized. Copyright © 2016 Southern Society for Clinical Investigation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Actinomycosis: etiology, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, and management

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    Valour, Florent; Sénéchal, Agathe; Dupieux, Céline; Karsenty, Judith; Lustig, Sébastien; Breton, Pierre; Gleizal, Arnaud; Boussel, Loïc; Laurent, Frédéric; Braun, Evelyne; Chidiac, Christian; Ader, Florence; Ferry, Tristan

    2014-01-01

    Actinomycosis is a rare chronic disease caused by Actinomyces spp., anaerobic Gram-positive bacteria that normally colonize the human mouth and digestive and genital tracts. Physicians must be aware of typical clinical presentations (such as cervicofacial actinomycosis following dental focus of infection, pelvic actinomycosis in women with an intrauterine device, and pulmonary actinomycosis in smokers with poor dental hygiene), but also that actinomycosis may mimic the malignancy process in various anatomical sites. Bacterial cultures and pathology are the cornerstone of diagnosis, but particular conditions are required in order to get the correct diagnosis. Prolonged bacterial cultures in anaerobic conditions are necessary to identify the bacterium and typical microscopic findings include necrosis with yellowish sulfur granules and filamentous Gram-positive fungal-like pathogens. Patients with actinomycosis require prolonged (6- to 12-month) high doses (to facilitate the drug penetration in abscess and in infected tissues) of penicillin G or amoxicillin, but the duration of antimicrobial therapy could probably be shortened to 3 months in patients in whom optimal surgical resection of infected tissues has been performed. Preventive measures, such as reduction of alcohol abuse and improvement of dental hygiene, may limit occurrence of pulmonary, cervicofacial, and central nervous system actinomycosis. In women, intrauterine devices must be changed every 5 years in order to limit the occurrence of pelvic actinomycosis. PMID:25045274

  12. Tubo-ovarian Actinomycosis Mimicking Ovarian Malignancy: Case Report

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    Faten Limaiem

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycosis is a chronic suppurative granulomatous infection caused by Actinomyces israelii, an anaerobic Gram-positive microorganism. Pelvic actinomycosis is rare and constitutes 3% of all human actinomycosis infections. Pre-operative diagnosis is usually difficult with the majority of cases being diagnosed after the histological and bacteriological examination of the resected specimen. In this paper, the authors report a new case of tubo-ovarian actinomycosis in a 42-year-old woman that was misdiagnosed pre-operatively as ovarian malignancy. Tubo-ovarian actinomycosis should be considered in patients with a pelvic mass especially in ones using intra-uterine devices. Surgeons should be aware of this infection in order to avoid excessive surgical procedures. [J Interdiscipl Histopathol 2015; 3(3.000: 117-119

  13. A rare case of ascending colon actinomycosis mimicking cancer

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    Zizi Diamanto

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Actinomycosis is a rare inflammatory disease caused by an anaerobic bacterium that can rarely affect the large intestine. Case presentation We present a rare case of a cecum and ascending colon actinomycosis in a 72 years old woman, mimicking clinically a malignant inflammatory tumor of the right colon. The patient complained of right lower quadrant pain. Although our first thought was a peri-appendiceal abscess, CT scan suggested a right colon tumor. The patient underwent a right colectomy and the histological examination of the specimen revealed colon actinomycosis. Conclusions Preoperative diagnosis in colon actinomycosis is difficult to achieve. Treatment of choice is antibiotics administration. A review of the possible pathogenesis and therapeutic modalities is also presented.

  14. Abdominal-Pelvic Actinomycosis Mimicking Malignant Neoplasm

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    Teresa Pusiol

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abdominal-pelvic actinomycosis is often mistaken for other conditions, presenting a preoperative diagnostic challenge. In a 46-year-old female, computed tomography showed an abdominal-pelvic retroperitoneal mass extending from the lower pole of the right kidney to the lower pelvis. The patient had a 3-year history of intrauterine device. The mass appeared to involve the ascending colon, cecum, distal ileum, right Fallopian tube and ovary, and ureter anteriorly and the psoas muscle posteriorly. The resection of retroperitoneal mass, distal ileum appendicectomy, right hemicolectomy, and right salpingo-oophorectomy was performed. The postoperative period was uneventful. Penicillin therapy was given for six months without any complication. The retroperitoneal mass measured 4.5 × 3.5 × 3 cm, surrounded adjacent organs and histologically showed inflammatory granulomatous tissue, agglomeration of filaments, and sulfur granules of Actinomyces, with positive reaction with periodic acid Schiff. Right tubo-ovarian abscess was present. Abdominalpelvic actinomycosis should always be considered in patients with a pelvic mass especially in ones using intrauterine device.

  15. Hepatosplenic actinomycosis in an immunocompetent patient

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    Hua-Kung Wang

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Hepatosplenic abscess caused by Actinomyces is rare and often misdiagnosed as malignancy. Herein, we report a case of hepatosplenic actinomycosis in a 37-year-old immunocompetent man with a 2-month clinical history of intermittent fever and upper left abdominal pain. Physical examination revealed a mildly ill-appearing man with a low-grade fever (38°C and upper left quadrant abdominal tenderness. Abdominal sonographic examination showed the presence of a 6.3 cm × 6.5 cm heterogeneous abscess with a hypoechoic center and honeycomb appearance in an enlarged spleen (8 cm × 5 cm. Computerized tomography of the abdomen revealed a multiloculated splenic lesion, and laparotomy showed multiple hepatic nodules and a splenic abscess. Histopathological examination of the biopsy revealed filamentous branching bacilli and sulfur granules in the hepatosplenic abscess. The patient successfully underwent splenectomy accompanied by intravenous and oral penicillin treatment. Proper and prompt diagnosis of hepatosplenic actinomycosis is important because the therapeutic plan and prognosis of this pathogen are quite different from other microorganisms and malignancies.

  16. Treatment of cervicofacial actinomycosis: a report of 19 cases and review of literature

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    Moghimi, M.; Salentijn, E.; Debets-Ossenkop, Y.; Karagozoglu, K.H.; Forouzanfar, T.

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: Actinomycosis is a chronic suppurative granulomatous infection caused by the Actinomyces genus. Orocervicofacial actinomycosis is the most common form of the disease, seen in up to 55% of cases. All forms of actinomycosis are treated with high doses of intravenous penicillin G over two

  17. A Rare Case Of Solitary Pulmonary Nodule Pulmonary Actinomycosis

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    Murat Acat

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycosis is a subacute to chronic bacterial infection caused by filamentous, gram-positive, anaerobic to microaerophilic bacteria that are not acid-fast. Pulmonary actinomycosis is rare, but its diagnosis is changing due to its variable presentation and the similarity in appearance to other intrapulmonary diseases. Here we report an 56-year-old woman with a solitary pulmonary nodule over the right upper lobe. Pulmonary neoplasm was highly suspected in this patient .Chest computerized tomography  (CT showed a nodule, 15*17 mm in size in the right lower lobe. Fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography( FDG-PET/CT scanning revealed a positive reaction in the right lower lobe lesion. She was introduced to our department. CT-guided fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC was performed to establish diagnosis. Histopathological examination demonstrated this patient had an Actinomyeces infection.Pulmonary actinomycosis should be kept in mind in differential diagnoses of  solitary pulmonary nodule.

  18. Actinomycosis: etiology, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, and management

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Florent Valour,1–3 Agathe Sénéchal,1,2 Céline Dupieux,2–4 Judith Karsenty,1,2 Sébastien Lustig,2,5 Pierre Breton,2,6 Arnaud Gleizal,2,7 Loïc Boussel,2,8,9 Frédéric Laurent,2–4 Evelyne Braun,1 Christian Chidiac,1–3 Florence Ader,1–3 Tristan Ferry1–3 1Service des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Groupement Hospitalier Nord, Lyon, France; 2Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France; 3Centre International de Recherche en Infectiologie, CIRI, INSERM U1111, CNRS UMR5308, ENS de Lyon, UCBL1, Lyon, France; 4Laboratoire de Bactériologie, Centre de Biologie du Nord, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Groupement Hospitalier Nord, Lyon, France; 5Chirurgie Orthopédique, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Groupement Hospitalier Nord, Lyon, France; 6Stomatologie et Chirurgie Maxillo-faciale, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Groupement Hospitalier Sud, Lyon, France; 7Chirurgie Maxillo-faciale, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Groupement Hospitalier Nord, Lyon, France; 8Radiologie, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Groupement Hospitalier Nord, Lyon, France; 9Creatis, CNRS UMR 5220, INSERM U1044, Université Lyon 1, INSA Lyon, Lyon, France Abstract: Actinomycosis is a rare chronic disease caused by Actinomyces spp., anaerobic Gram-positive bacteria that normally colonize the human mouth and digestive and genital tracts. Physicians must be aware of typical clinical presentations (such as cervicofacial actinomycosis following dental focus of infection, pelvic actinomycosis in women with an intrauterine device, and pulmonary actinomycosis in smokers with poor dental hygiene, but also that actinomycosis may mimic the malignancy process in various anatomical sites. Bacterial cultures and pathology are the cornerstone of diagnosis, but particular conditions are required in order to get the correct diagnosis. Prolonged bacterial cultures in anaerobic conditions are necessary to identify the bacterium and typical microscopic findings include necrosis with

  19. Abdominal actinomycosis, an unusual cause of intestinal obstruction ...

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    A month later, he developed signs and symptoms of intestinal obstruction. At operation, a retroperitoneal mass obstructing the transverse colon and the proximal ileum was found and resected. Histological examination confirmed the mass to be due to actinomycosis infection. The patient was therefore placed on a parenteral ...

  20. Primary Vesical Actinomycosis in a 23-Year-Old Man

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    Tevfik Ziypak

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Actinomycosis can affect any organ of the body, although cutaneous fistulas are common in actinomycotic infections, and other organs such as the bladder are only rarely involved. Case Presentation. Herein we report and discuss a young male patient with primary vesical actinomycosis. A 23-year-old man was hospitalized complaining of intermittent gross hematuria over a 6-month duration. The patient underwent a cystoscopic examination under general anesthesia; an edematous, hyperemic, wide-based mass, which protruded from the dome of the bladder, was seen and incompletely resected. The histopathological examination of the material showed Actinomyces organisms surrounded by inflammation and a photomicrograph showed the microorganism. After confirmation of bladder actinomycosis, the patient received penicillin. A CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis showed no evidence of the mass at the postoperative 6th month. Cystoscopic examination showed complete healing of the transurethral resection area at the dome of the bladder. Conclusion. In conclusion, we believe that the gold standard treatment for vesical actinomycosis should include the combination of a transurethral resection of the mass and long-term penicillin treatment.

  1. [Actinomycosis as a complication of intrauterine device use].

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    Valbø, Annelill; Rønning, Else Johanne; Aaberg, Morten

    2010-04-22

    Infections in the female pelvis can present clinically in various ways and the causing agent can be difficult to trace. In this paper we present updated knowledge about infections caused by the bacterium Actinomycosis in relation to intrauterine device use. The article is based on own clinical experience and literature identified through a non-systematic search in PubMed. Actinomycosis in the female pelvis is a rare disease and the pathogenesis is still obscure. The incidence in Scandinavia has not been established. The infection can cause tumor-like structures resulting in bowel and urinary obstruction. The bacteria can be difficult to detect. Preferably the agent should be demonstrated in a specimen from the infected area to ensure the correct diagnosis. However, Actinomyces is a normal inhabitant of the gastrointestinal tract and is also present in 5 % of cervical smears from healthy women. The optimal treatment of actinomycosis is long-term treatment with penicillin, alone or in addition to surgery. To avoid unnecessary and potentially difficult surgical procedures, actinomycosis should be a differential diagnosis when women with a longstanding intrauterine device develop signs of infection in addition to a pelvic mass. Intrauterine devices should be replaced every fifth year and should be removed at menopause.

  2. Ostearticular Retroperitoneal Actinomycosis. A Case Study; Actinomicosis osteoarticular y retroperitoneal. A proposito de un caso

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    Calvo, D.; Gonzalez, S.; Fernandez, B.; Fernandez, J. A. [Hospital General de Asturias. Oviedo (Spain)

    2004-07-01

    Actinomycosis is a chronic granulomatous bacterial infection which tends to result in the formation of abscesses and cutaneous fistulas. Its most common pathogenic agent is Actinomyces israeli, which is a common commensal of the human mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Retroperitoneal actinomycosis is rare, and even more so is its affecting bones and joints. Presented here is a case of osteoarticular retroperitoneal actinomycosis. Pertinent literature is also reviewed. (Author) 28 refs.

  3. Identification of Actinomyces meyeri actinomycosis in middle ear and mastoid by 16S rRNA analysis.

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    Kakuta, Risako; Hidaka, Hiroshi; Yano, Hisakazu; Miyazaki, Hiromitsu; Suzaki, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Yasuhiro; Kanamori, Hajime; Endo, Shiro; Hirakata, Yoichi; Kaku, Mitsuo; Kobayashi, Toshimitsu

    2013-08-01

    Actinomycosis of the middle ear and mastoid is extremely rare. Here, we report a unique case of actinomycosis of the middle ear and mastoid caused by Actinomyces meyeri diagnosed by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis.

  4. Abdominal actinomycosis associated with intrauterine device: CT features

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    Laurent, T. [Dept. of Radiology, CHUV-1011, Lausanne (Switzerland); Grandi, P. de [Dept. of Gynecology-Obstetrics, CHUV-1011, Lausame (Switzerland); Schnyder, P. [Dept. of Radiology, CHUV-1011, Lausanne (Switzerland)

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    We report two cases of pelviperitoneal actinomycosis appearing in two young women with acute low abdominal pain. Abdominal CT demonstrated multiple solid or encapsulated peritoneal masses with marked contrast enhancement and infiltration of the adjacent mesenteric fat. Laparoscopy confirmed the presence of intraperitoneal abscesses which contained Actinomyces israelii. High doses of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid (Augmentine) were given and following CT scan after 2 and 6 weeks showed a slow, but complete, resolution of the lesions. Although the radiologic presentation of actinomycosis is nonspecific, the diagnosis should be raised in the presence of pseudotumoral mesenteric infiltration, particularly in young women with an IUD. Abdominal CT is a useful method for diagnosis and for follow-up. (orig./MG)

  5. Pediatric cervicofacial actinomycosis disclosing an underlying congenital dermoid cyst

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    Santwana Verma

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Pediatric cervicofacial actinomycosis is a rare occurrence consequent to dental infections and manipulations or maxillofacial trauma. The clinical presentation ranges from multiple draining sinuses to swellings resembling tumors and cysts. The present unusual case had congenital dermoid cyst of mid upper lip with Actinomyces israelii infection identified on microscopy, culture, and histopathology. A successful outcome in the present case was obtained using combination of medical and surgical treatment.

  6. Chameleon of head and neck diseases: Intraoral actinomycosis

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    Srisha Basappa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycosis is a chronic infectious granulomatous disease caused by saprophytic Actinomyces species. The case discussed in this report is of an adult female patient with a large actinomycotic lesion in the region of the mandibular left second premolar, first and second molars. Provisional diagnosis was made as extragingival pyogenic granuloma. Definitive diagnosis was based on histopathological examination. Since actinomycotic infection has opportunistic characteristics, early diagnosis and proper management of the disease is mandatory to prevent further complications.

  7. [Abdominal wall actinomycosis. A report of a case].

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    Rojas Pérez-Ezquerra, Beatriz; Guardia-Dodorico, Lorena; Arribas-Marco, Teresa; Ania-Lahuerta, Aldonza; González Ballano, Isabel; Chipana-Salinas, Margot; Carazo-Hernández, Belén

    2015-01-01

    Abdominal wall Actinomycosis is a rare disease associated with the use of intrauterine device and as a complication of abdominal surgery. Diagnosis is difficult because it is unusual and behaves like a malignant neoplasm. A case report is presented of a patient who had used an intrauterine device for four years and developed a stony tumour in the abdominal wall associated with a set of symptoms that, clinically and radiologically, was simulating a peritoneal carcinomatosis associated with paraneoplastic syndrome, even in the course of an exploratory laparotomy. The patient attended our hospital with a two-month history of abdominal pain and symptoms that mimic a paraneoplastic syndrome. The diagnosis of abdominal actinomycosis was suspected by the finding of the microorganism in cervical cytology together with other cultures and Actinomyces negative in pathological studies, confirming the suspicion of a complete cure with empirical treatment with penicillin. Actinomycosis should be considered in patients with pelvic mass or abdominal wall mass that mimics a malignancy. Antibiotic therapy is the first treatment choice and makes a more invasive surgical management unnecessary. Copyright © 2015 Academia Mexicana de Cirugía A.C. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  8. Primary omental actinomycosis as a differential diagnosis of acute appendicitis in children. Case report

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    Sergio Castañeda

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycosis is a chronic suppurative granulomatous inflammation caused by Actinomyces species. Abdominal actinomycosis is a rare condition, with very low incidence in childhood, and usually associated to trauma or perforation of hollow viscera. We are presenting a case of a ten-year-old boy with omental actinomycosis mimic and appendiceal infection, without a history of trauma or perforation, suggesting a hemmatogen spread. The complete resection of the affected tissue may warrant a cure in spite of a short antibiotic curse.

  9. A Complicated Thread: Abdominal Actinomycosis in a Young Woman with Crohn Disease.

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    Nahum, Ari; Filice, Gregory; Malhotra, Ashish

    2017-01-01

    Crohn disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that primarily affects the gastrointestinal tract. Typical manifestations include fever, weight loss, fatigue, and abdominal pain, and abdominal abscesses and fistulae are frequent complications. Abdominal actinomycosis is a subacute or indolent disease associated with Actinomyces spp. Symptoms can be very similar to those of Crohn disease, and fistulae are also common. Since ulcerations in the intestinal tract are thought to be caused by Actinomyces escaping from the gut lumen and establishing intra-abdominal infection, it seems likely that abdominal actinomycosis may occur in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. We report a case of abdominal actinomycosis in a woman with active Crohn disease.

  10. An atypical form of cervicofacial actinomycosis treated with short but intensive antibiotic regimen.

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    Shah, Kaushal Mahendra; Karagir, Amol; Kanitkar, Sampada; Koppikar, Rajesh

    2013-04-10

    Human actinomycosis is a rare soft tissue infection caused by Gram-positive, anaerobic bacteria Actinomyces israelii, a commensal of the oral cavity. The major clinical forms of actinomycosis are cervicofacial, thoracic, abdominal and pelvic forms. The cervicofacial region is most commonly affected. Actinomycosis is sometimes difficult to diagnose and it should be borne in mind in the differential diagnosis of numerous infectious and non-infectious diseases. We report a patient who came with tooth pain and extra-oral swelling which later on presented as multiple draining sinuses. Our initial suspicion was dento-alveolar abscess or osteomyelitis. However, a culture of the discharge and subsequent biopsy revealed actinomycetes, confirming cervicofacial actinomycosis, but presenting itself not as the typical 'lumpy jaw'. The patient was successfully treated conservatively with a short but intensive antibiotic course.

  11. Intracranial actinomycosis: case report and review of literature

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    Pacheco-Hernandez Alfonso

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycosis infection is a slow progressing disease, in which involvment of the central nervous system by Actinomyces israelii is uncommon (less than 5%. Clinical picture is non-specific and is often misdiagnosed with neoplasia; some clinical clues my arise suspicion. The case of a 59 year-old female is reported who presented headache and focal neurologic signs and in whom a out-of the hospital diagnosis of a neuroepitelial dysembryoplastic tumor was made; nonetheless after careful interview and physical exploration, a spectroscopy magnetic resonance of the brain and hystopathological description of the lesion was made and yielded the definitive diagnosis of intracranial actinomyces infection. Treatment and progression were uneventful.

  12. Actinomycosis of the Gallbladder Mimicking Carcinoma: a Case Report with US and CT Findings

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    Lee, Young Han; Kim, Seong Hyun; Cho, Mee Yon; Rhoe, Byoung Seon; Kim, Myung Soon [Wonju Christian Hospital, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

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    Actinomycosis should be included in the differential diagnosis when sonography and computed tomography findings show a mass engulfing the stone in the gallbladder and extensive pericholecystic infiltration with extension to neighboring abdominal wall muscle. A ctinomycosis is a chronic suppurative and granulomatous disease that is characterized by the formation of multiple abscesses, draining sinuses, abundant granulation and dense fibrous tissue. The disease is most frequently caused by Actinomyces israelii. These organisms are gram-positive anaerobic bacteria, and are considered opportunistic pathogens associated with infection, trauma or surgery. These events allow them to cross mucosal barriers as these organisms are normally present in healthy individuals, especially in the oral cavity, gastrointestinal tract, and female genital tract. In abdominopelvic actinomycosis, aggressive perilesional infiltration with a tendency to cross fascial planes or boundaries and extend to the abdominal wall has been well described as an important radiologic finding. Actinomycosis of the gallbladder is an extremely rare disease; only 21 cases have been reported in the English literature. Moreover, a diagnosis of actinomycosis of the gallbladder is difficult because this condition can be confused with carcinoma. We report here on a rare case of actinomycosis of the gallbladder that presented as a mass by sonography and computed tomography (CT)

  13. Intra-Abdominal Actinomycosis Mimicking Malignant Abdominal Disease

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    Ali Ridha

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Abdominal actinomycosis is a rare infectious disease, caused by gram positive anaerobic bacteria, that may appear as an abdominal mass and/or abscess (Wagenlehner et al. 2003. This paper presents an unusual case of a hemodynamically stable 80-year-old man who presented to the emergency department with 4 weeks of worsening abdominal pain and swelling. He also complains of a 20-bound weight loss in 2 months. A large tender palpable mass in the right upper quadrant was noted on physical exam. Laboratory studies showed a normal white blood cell count, slightly decreased hemoglobin and hematocrit, and mildly elevated total bilirubin and alkaline phosphatase. A CT with contrast was done and showed a liver mass. Radiology and general surgery suspected malignancy and recommended CT guided biopsy. The sample revealed abundant neutrophils and gram positive rods. Cytology was negative for malignancy and cultures eventually grew actinomyces. High dose IV penicillin therapy was given for 4 weeks and with appropriate response transitioned to oral antibiotic for 9 months with complete resolution of symptoms.

  14. Case report: Actinomycosis in a West African dwarf goat in Nigeria ...

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    Actinomyces viscosus causes periodontal disease and subgingival plaques in hamsters fed a high carbohydrate diet, and also abscessation in dogs (Timoney et al., 1988) in which it is an opportunistic infection (Blood et al., 2007). The present report describes a case of actinomycosis due to A. viscosus involving a doe in a ...

  15. Primary hepatic actinomycosis mimicking a tumor (inflammatory pseudotumor: Case report and literature review

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    Ayşe Batirel

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycosis often manifests with abscesses in the cervicofacial region. Hepatic involvement occurs usually secondary to an intraabdominal infection. “Isolated or primary hepatic actinomycosis (PHA defines actinomycosis in which the source of infection cannot be demonstrated elsewhere. Herein, we aimed to highlight hepatic actinomycosis in the differential diagnosis of hepatic mass lesions, and also its occurrence even in patients without underlying risk factors. A 24-year-old man, who presented with epigastric and right-upper-quadrant abdominal pain, fever, weight loss, and had a tumor-like mass in the liver was admitted to our hospital. He had no predisposing risk factors or comorbidities. We reviewed all the cases with PHA, who had no predisposing risk factors, in English medical literature from 1993 to 2014. Actinomycotic hepatic pseudotumors should be considered in the differential diagnosis of solitary liver lesions even in patients without any predisposing factors. Multi-disciplinary approach is important in the diagnosis and management. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2015;5(2: 79-84

  16. Pulmonary actinomycosis with thoracic soft tissue mass: a rare onset form

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    Zarca-diaz de la Espina, Miguel A.; Lopez-Menendez, Carlos; Ruiz-Martinez, Rafael; Molino-Trinidad, Ceferino

    2001-03-01

    Actinomycosis is unusual, and rare especially when the lung and the thoracic wall are involved. It is more frequent in immunocompromised patient. US, CT, or MRI are imaging methods of diagnosis with high sensibility to recognise the disease and are able to the management. We point out a rare case in a normal teenager with thoracic abscess.

  17. Pelvic Actinomycosis; the Disease for Which Diagnostic and Therapeutic Delay is Still Being Experienced

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    Dinc Suren

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Actinomyces is a gram-positive bacteria, which presents as a normal flora member at mucosal areas. Because of its unexpected localization, malignancy is the clinical prediagnosis for more than half of the pelvic cases, and unnecessary extended surgery is performed in these patients. In this report, we present a case of a premenopausal woman with an abdominal mass, who had a pre-operative diagnosis of malignancy, but a post-operative histopathologic diagnosis of pelvic Actinomycosis. Although the clinical appearance resembles a malignancy, for the patient with intrauterine device (IUD history, distinctive aspect of the pelvic Actinomycosis should absolutely be considered. After the diagnosis is established, the infection source IUD should be removed and long term high dose penicillin therapy should be administered.  Surgery should be considered only if malignancy cannot be certainly excluded, if abscess drainage is necessary and if necrotic tissues and sinuses should be removed

  18. Ovarian actinomycosis developed during the use of a plastic intrauterine contraceptive device.

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    Csapó, Z; Csömör, S; Zámbó, Z; Fedák, L; Vilics, G; Németh, F

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    The case of a primary ovarian actinomycosis developed during the use of a Szontágh--Szereday type plastic IUD is presented. After a radical operation the patient was discharged in a good condition but 40 days later had to be readmitted because of a pelvic and abdominal wall abscess. After local surgery and massive penicillin treatment she is free of complaints. It is assumed that the IUD had a pathomechanical role.

  19. [A case of cutaneous actinomycosis (streptothricosis) in cattle, caused by dermatophilus congolensis (author's transl)].

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    Dijkstra, R G; Zandstra, F K

    1975-03-01

    A skin condition in cattle, associated with crusted lesions on the back, flanks, neck, head and skin of the udder was found to be cutaneous actinomycosis (streptothricosis) caused by D. congolensis, which is common in tropical regions during the rainy season. This actinomycete was isolated for the first time from cattle in the Netherlands in the case reported. Data culled from the literature as well as the diagnosis and treatment of the patient are discussed.

  20. First case report of primary Actinomycosis of the breast due to Actinomyces Israelii from Iran

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    Daie Ghazvini R

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Present paper reports a case of breast actinomycosis due to Actinomyces israelii in a 31-year-ol female nurse from Shahrekord, in Iran. Diagnosis was based on the observation of short and very fine gram-positive filaments in direct examination of aspirates from fistulas, as well as isolation of organism in sodium thioglycolate and brain heart infusion blood agar (BHIB culture media, under anaerobic conditions and complementary phyiologic tests.

  1. Successful outpatient management of pelvic actinomycosis by ceftriaxone: a report of three cases

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    Eda Demir Onal

    Full Text Available Pelvic actinomycosis is a chronic granulomatous suppurative disease caused by actinomyces israeli. Intravenous penicillin is the preferred antimicrobial but it requires hospitalization up to one month. An outpatient treatment strategy would be cost effective and a good choice for patients. Here we present three cases in which intramuscular ceftriaxone was successfully used in the outpatient settings following surgery and IV penicillin treatment in the hospital.

  2. Pulmonary actinomycosis: CT studies of diagnostic and post-treatment findings

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    Kim, Su Jung; Song, Sun Wha; Bo, Seal Hwang; Park, Hyun Jin; Kim, Hyeon Sook; Kim, Ki Jun; Kim, Horrim; Park, Seog Hee [College of Medicine, the Catholic University of Korea, Uijeongbu (Korea, Republic of)

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    To investigate the value of the computed tomography (CT) in the study of diagnostic and post-treatment findings of pulmonary actinomycosis. Clinical data and CT findings were retrospectively analyzed in 10 patients with histopathologically confirmed pulmonary actinomycosis. We analyzed the initial CT findings in search of patterns and distributions which suggest possible lung abnormalities and found the pleura, chest wall, and lymphadenopathy to be involved as part of the indicators of lung abnormalities. We analyzed follow-up CT findings for changes in the lungs after antibiotic therapy and recurrence after surgery. Of the 10 patients analyzed by CT for lung lesions, seven had been diagnosed with alcoholism and nine were male. The initial CTs (n = 10) indicated that all the pulmonary lesions were solitary without chest wall involvement. However, a transfissural extension was observed in 20% of the study population (n = 2). Furthermore, peripheral lung distribution and adjacent pleural thickening was observed in 70% of the study population (n = 7). Within the consolidation (n = 6) or mass (n = 4), a central low density with peripheral enhancement was seen in 70% of the study population (n = 7). A follow-up CT of the seven cases following antiobiotic therapy revealed that four cases showed minimal improvement or aggravation of their lung lesions, whereas three cases showed resolution or improvement. The improvement of the central low density was related to the improvement of consolidation or mass. Furthermore the presence of fibrosis was observed after the resolution of pulmonary lesions (n = 2). No relationship was found between the duration and response of antibiotic therapy. A follow-up CT (n = 4) subsequent to a lung resection revealed the onset of chest wall actinomycosis and a thickened pleura in one case. The results of this study highlight the value of the CT in pulmonary actinomycosis in order to diagnose and evaluate antibiotic responses, complications, or

  3. Primary actinomycosis of the breast caused by Actinomyces turicensis with associated Peptoniphilus harei.

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    Abdulrahman, Ganiy Opeyemi; Gateley, Christopher Alan

    2015-01-01

    Actinomycosis of the breast is a rare disease which may mimic malignancy in presentation. Clinical presentation may make it difficult to distinguish primary actinomycosis from mastitis and inflammatory carcinoma. A 22-year-old lady presented with a 3-week history of right breast pain and greenish discharge through her nipple piercing. Physical examination revealed a palpable fluctuant lump in the upper inner quadrant of the right breast and a nipple jewelry in-situ in the upper inner quadrant of the right breast with an abscess at the edge of the areola. Needle aspiration was performed and microbiological examination of the aspirate isolated Actinomyces turicensis and Peptoniphilus harei. Actinomycosis of the breast is rare and the specie, Actinomyces turicensis, is even rarer especially in association with Peptoniphilus harei. Actinomyces is a difficult organism to treat due to its relative indolent course with potential scarring and disruption of local tissue. However, surgical intervention could be avoided with an intensive course of high-dose intravenous antibiotics and prolonged oral antibiotics afterwards.

  4. Intra- and Extra-abdominal Actinomycosis Mimicking Urachal Tumor in an Intrauterine Device Carrier: A Case Report

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    Hsi-Lin Hsiao

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycosis is a rare, chronic suppurative infection caused by the Gram-positive anaerobic filamentous bacterium, Actinomyces Israeli. In most cases, the diagnosis is made postoperatively because of its unusual clinical presentation. Abdominal actinomycosis is the second most common site of the disease and may mimic abdominal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease or diverticulitis. The abdominal-pelvic form of this disease mostly results from the prolonged use of an intrauterine device. We report a rare case of combined intra- and extra-abdominal actinomycosis mimicking urachal tumor that was diagnosed by computed tomography, which presented as two tender abdominal palpable masses following long-term intrauterine device use. The disease was confirmed by postoperative histopathologic examination, which revealed sulfur granules microscopically, and was successfully treated by complete surgical resection following a period of appropriate antibiotic treatment.

  5. Intracranial Complication of Rhinosinusitis from Actinomycosis of the Paranasal Sinuses: A Rare Case of Abducens Nerve Palsy

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    G. L. Fadda

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Sinonasal actinomycosis should be suspected when a patient with chronic sinusitis does not respond to medical therapy or has a history of facial trauma, dental disease, cancer, immunodeficiency, long-term steroid therapy, diabetes, or malnutrition. Radiological evaluation with computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are important in differential diagnosis, evaluating the extent of disease, and understanding clinical symptoms. Endoscopic sinus surgery associated with long-term intravenous antibiotic therapy is the gold standard for treatment of sinonasal actinomycosis. We report an unusual case of abducens nerve palsy resulting from invasive sinonasal actinomycosis in a patient with an abnormally enlarged sphenoid sinus. A review of the current literature highlighting clinical presentation, radiological findings, and treatment of this uncommon complication is also presented.

  6. A rare and an unusually delayed presentation of orbital actinomycosis following avulsion injury of the scalp

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    Hegde Vidya

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a rare case of orbital swelling presenting one year after head trauma. An initial fine needle aspiration cytology revealed it to be an infected organizing hematoma. However, broad-spectrum antibiotics did not resolve the infection and the orbital lesion continued to grow in size, as evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging. Incisional biopsies were done, which were reported as orbital actinomycosis. Patient has responded well to treatment with penicillin. This case is of interest due to the delayed presentation of an orbital complication of head trauma and the rare infection with actinomyces. It also highlights the importance of using appropriate antibiotics, as well as the need for long-term treatment.

  7. Actinomicose cerebral: relato de caso Actinomycosis of the brain: case report

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    ÉBER ASSIS DOS SANTOS JÚNIOR

    1999-09-01

    Full Text Available O acometimento do sistema nervoso central por actinomicetos é raro, porém apresenta bom prognóstico se diagnosticado precocemente e tratado adequadamente. Um caso de abscesso cerebral actinomicótico é apresentado mostrando a necessidade de inclusão desta patologia no diagnóstico diferencial dos processos infecciosos que acometem o sistema nervoso central.Actinomycosis located in the central nervous system is an extremely uncommon event, but if correctly diagnosed and properly treated may have a good prognosis. This case report of a cerebral abscess caused by actinomyces suggests that such a rare event should be included in the differential diagnosis of infectious diseases that affect the central nervous system.

  8. Isolated Abdominal Wall Actinomycosis Associated with an Intrauterine Contraceptive Device: A Case Report and Review of the Relevant Literature

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    Sinan Carkman

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Isolated abdominal wall actinomycosis in the presence of an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD is extremely rare and only six such cases have been reported in the literature. We report a case where clinical and radiological examinations revealed a pseudotumor within the anterior abdominal wall. After being lost to follow-up, the patient presented two years later with the enlargement of the mass. The mass including the affected anterior abdominal wall was completely excised. The diagnosis of actinomycosis was established postoperatively by histopathological examination. Further questioning concerning her gynecological history revealed long-term use of the same IUCD. Surgical excision of the actinomycotic pseudotumour and removal of the IUCD followed by antibiotic therapy resulted in the full recovery of the patient.

  9. Palatal Actinomycosis and Kaposi Sarcoma in an HIV-Infected Subject with Disseminated Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare Infection

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    Yuria Ablanedo-Terrazas

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Actinomyces and Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare are facultative intracellular organisms, members of the bacterial order actinomycetales. Although Actinomyces can behave as copathogen when anatomic barriers are compromised, its coinfection with Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare has not previously been reported. We present the first reported case of palatal actinomycosis co-infection with disseminated MAC, in an HIV-infected subject with Kaposi sarcoma and diabetes. We discuss the pathogenesis of the complex condition of this subject.

  10. Primary hepatic actinomycosis mimicking hepatic malignancy with metastatic lymph nodes by F-18 FDG PET/CT

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    Kong, Eun Jung [Yeungnam Univ. Medical School and Hospital, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

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    Hepatic involvement is usually secondary to abdominal actinomycosis infection. Symptom onset is typically subscute and the disease follows a chronic and indolent course. These lesions are called inflammatory pseudotumors and cannot be differentiated from malignant tumors by radiological examination alone. Laboratory tests showed mild anemia; hemoglobin 119 g/L, elevated white blood cell count of 23,060/mm{sup 3}, AST 33 U/L, ALT 45 U/L, and γ-GT 155 U/L.

  11. Radiologic Findings of Oral Bisphosphonate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Maxilla, Complicated by Actinomycosis: A Case Report

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    Kim, Yi Kyung; Kim, Hyung Jin; Kim, Eun Hee; Chung, Seung Kyu; Hong, Jong Rak [Samsung Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-01-15

    Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ) is a rare, but serious complication, which has recently been more frequently reported. However, this entity is unfamiliar to radiologists. We report a case of BRONJ complicated by actinomycosis following a tooth extraction in a 68-year-old woman who has been treated with oral bisphosphonate for treatment of osteoporosis over the last 3 years and 3 months

  12. Pulmonary actinomycosis

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    ... have a higher chance of developing the infection: Alcohol use Scars on the lungs ( bronchiectasis ) COPD The ... Tests that may be done include: Bronchoscopy with culture Complete blood count (CBC) Chest x-ray Chest ...

  13. Abdominal actinomycosis: a report of three cases of this uncommon infection; Actinomicos abdominal: una infeccion poco frecuente. A proposito de tres casos

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    Ostiz, S.; Sanchez, C.; Jimenez, G.; Caballero, P.; Cordero, J. L.; Montes, M. [Hospital Virgen del Camino. Pamplona (Spain)

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    Abdominal actinomycosis is a rare infection caused by Actinomyces, a grampositive bacterium that generally exists as a saprophyte in the oral cavity and colon. The diagnosis is usually difficult due to its low incidence and nonspecific clinical and radiological findings. We present three new cases of abdominal actinomycosis. The first involved several pelvic structures and abdominal wall. The second was detected in left hepatic lobe. In the third case, the infection was located in descending colon. We stress the wide range of presenting signs, describing the findings that, when taken together, suggest the correct diagnosis. (Author) 13 refs.

  14. Pulmonary actinomycosis imitating lung cancer on {sup 18}F-FDG PERT/CT: A case report and literature review

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    Qiu, Lin; Lan, Lian Jun; Feng, Yue; Huang, Zhan Wen; Chen, Yue [The First Affiliated Hospital, Sichuan Medical University, Sichuan (China)

    2015-12-15

    Here we report a case of 41-year-old man with a soft tissue density mass at right upper lung and palpable abscesses at right upper backside and right wrist. {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography demonstrated a 7.8 × 5.0 cm mass with soft-tissue density in the upper lobe of the right lung with high metabolic activity. The infiltrative mass extended to adjacent chest wall soft tissue. Final diagnosis of pulmonary actinomycosis with multiple abscesses was made. The patient responded well to antibiotics treatment.

  15. Identification by 16S rRNA gene sequencing of an Actinomyces hongkongensis isolate recovered from a patient with pelvic actinomycosis.

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    Flynn, A N; Lyndon, C A; Church, D L

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    A case of Actinomyces hongkongensis pelvic actinomycosis in an adult woman is described. Conventional phenotypic tests failed to identify the Gram-positive bacillus isolated from a fluid aspirate of a pelvic abscess. The bacterium was identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing and analysis using the SmartGene Integrated Database Network System software.

  16. Prevalence of Trichomoniasis, Vaginal Candidiasis, Genital Herpes, Chlamydiasis, and Actinomycosis among Urban and Rural Women of Haryana, India

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    Brij Bala Arora

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    Full Text Available Despite being curable reproductive tract infections (RTIs including sexually transmitted infections continue to be a major health problem in developing countries. The present study was undertaken to know the prevalence of trichomoniasis, vaginal candidiasis, genital herpes, chlamydiasis, and actinomycosis in rural and urban women of Haryana by using wet mount, PAP smear, and fluorescent microscopic examination. Patients suspected of suffering from bacterial vaginosis were given treatment and were not included in the study. RTIs were seen in 16.6% of urban and 28.7% of rural women. The highest prevalence seen was that of trichomoniasis in both rural (24.2% and urban (15.7% women, followed by candidiasis (4.2% in rural and 0.6% in urban women, genital herpes (0.3% in rural and 0.2% in urban women, and chlamydiasis (0.02% in rural and 0.05% in urban women. Pelvic actinomycosis was seen in 1.4% of rural and 0.06% of urban women using intrauterine contraceptive devices. Mixed infection of Trichomonas vaginalis with Candida spp. was seen in 6.3% of rural women only. It is desirable to have a baseline profile of the prevalence of various agents causing RTIs in a particular geographic area and population which will help in better syndromic management of the patients.

  17. Primary cutaneous actinomycosis of the foot simulating a soft tissue neoplasm: a case report; Actinomicose cutanea primaria do pe simulando neoplasia de partes moles: relato de caso

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    Vieira, Renata La Rocca; Meirelles, Gustavo de Souza Portes; Yamashita, Jane; Oliveira, Heverton Cesar de; Fernandes, Artur da Rocha Correa [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), SP (Brazil). Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Dept. de Diagnostico por Imagem; Turrini, Elizabete [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), SP (Brazil). Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Disciplina de Dermatologia]. E-mail: renatalarocca@bol.com.br

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    We report a case of a patient with primary cutaneous actinomycosis of the foot simulating a soft tissue neoplasm. A literature review on the incidence, clinical features, pathology and imaging findings is also presented. The plain films and magnetic resonance imaging findings and the pathology results are presented. This paper reports a rare disease occurring in an atypical location, simulating a soft tissue neoplasm. (author)

  18. Radiographic findings in the thoracic actinomycosis: apropos a clinical case; Achados radiograficos na actinomicose pulmonar: a proposito de um caso clinico

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    Hochhegger, Bruno [Santa Casa de Misericordia de Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)]. E-mail: brunorgs@pop.com.br; Haygert, Carlos Jesus Pereira; Antunes, Paulo Sergio Pase [Hospital Universitario de Santa Maria, RS (Brazil); Gazzoni, Fernando [Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Hospital Sao Lucas. Radiologia; Andrade, Rubes Gabriel Feijo [Instituto de Cardiologia - ISD, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Radiologia; Orige, Samuel [Hospital das Clinicas de Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Cirurgia

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    The chronic infection caused by Actinomyces bacteria can result in a suppurative inflammatory response with generation of granulomas. The most characteristic feature is the contiguous dissemination, without respect the anatomic lines and with fistulating process. The computed tomography shows a non-segmentary disease of air space and in magnetic resonance imaging can have its characteristic spread evaluated, generating low signal in T1 and high signal in T2. We have to consider actinomycosis in the differential diagnosis of granulomatous and neoplasic diseases, avoiding retard in treatment and its characteristic dissemination. (author)

  19. Thoracic and abdominopelvic actinomycosis

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    of the lung, pleura, mediastinum or chest wall may be caused by direct extension from cervicofacial infection, an oesophageal tear, by inhalation or aspira- tion and rarely by haematogenous spread from a distant focus.2. The radiological features include localised ill-defined lung infiltrate, air space consolidation, or a mass ...

  20. Actinomicosis: presentación de un caso y revisión del tema con énfasis en los aspectos orales Actinomycosis in children with emphasis on oral aspects

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    Full Text Available En el presente artículo se actualizan los conocimientos sobre actinomicosis y se presenta el caso de un niño con la forma torácica de dicha entidad. La actinomicosis es una infección infrecuente que puede afectar cualquier parte del cuerpo; los Actinomyces son bacilos o filamentos gram positivos que forman parte de la flora endógena de las mucosas en especial las de las cavidades oral e intestinal. Su comportamiento es insidioso pero en oportunidades tiene expresión aguda, fistulización a piel y cicatrización con fibrosis. Los llamados gránulos de azufre son una característica macroscópica del exudado que contribuye al diagnóstico de laboratorio. La infección inicial para la forma cervicofacial suele provenir de la cavidad oral y extenderse a la vecindad o ser aspirada a los pulmones. El tratamiento de elección es la penicilina, inicialmente endovenosa y seguidamente oral por un lapso no menor de 6 meses. Algunas formas requieren manejo quirúrgico. We report the case of a child with thoracic actinomycosis and review this disease. Actinomycosis is a rare infection that can affect any part of the body; Actinomyces are gram positive bacilli or filaments belonging to the endogenous flora of the mUCOUS membranes, specially that of the oral cavity and the intestinal tract. Actinomycosis usually behaves as an insidioUS disease but may ocassionally have acute expressions with fistulization to the skin and fibroUS healing during resolution. The So called sulfur granules are an important macroscopic detail that helps establish the diagnosis. Actinomyces infections usually start in the oral cavity for the cervicofacial form and then spread to contiguous tissues or to the lungs via aspiration. Penicillin is the drug of choice and surgical drainage may become necessary.

  1. Medical image of the week: actinomycosis

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    Siddiqi TA

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    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. A 55-year-old man with history of tobacco and alcohol abuse, presented with unresolving pneumonia despite treatment with moxifloxacin. It was thought to be possible coccidioidomycosis and an azole was started. However, he returned with increasing dyspnea and hypoxemia. He had leukocytosis with a thoracic CT revealing a loculated empyema, multifocal necrotizing infection and a large intrapulmonary abscess (Figure 1. He was admitted to MICU, intubated and ventilated. He was in septic shock requiring fluid resuscitation, vasopressors, and broad antibiotics. Bronchoscopy revealed erythematous and edematous airways, with drainage of over one liter of purulent fluid. A chest tube was placed to drain pleural fluid with removal of around two liters of blood-tinged, purulent fluid. His condition worsened with development of disseminated intravascular coagulation leading to hemorrhagic shock. He arrested and died. Gram stain on bronchoalveolar lavage fluid showed mixed gram negative and gram variable rods, and cultures grew lactobacillus species. GMS ...

  2. [Therapy for actinomycosis in the lacrimal pathway].

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    Vujancević, S; Meyer-Rüsenberg, H-W

    2010-07-01

    Canaliculitis is a rare disease of the lacrimal pathway, especially of the canaliculi. It is often not identified, therefore misdiagnosed and inadequately treated. It accounts 2 % of all lacrimal diseases. False diagnoses are usually conjunctivitis, blepharitis, dacryocystitis, hordeolum and chalazion. Besides viruses and fungi a variety of bacteria can cause a canaliculitis. Actinomyces is the most common pathogenic agent of canaliculitis. Its generic name was first described by Harz in 1877. In 1854 von Graefe as well as Kipp and others in 1883 identified actinomyces as the agent for intracanalicular dacryoliths. Although for years actinomyces has wrongly been attributed to ray fungi because of its filamentary and branched nature it actually belongs to facultative anaerobic, non-motile, non-spore-forming, non-acid-fast, pleomorphic bacilli. In the context of canaliculitis caused by actinomyces sulphur granules, also called plagues or actinomyces granules, can often be found in the affected canaliculi. Actinomyces can be identified by light microscopy, culture, biochemical and molecular biological procedures. The most appropriate treatment is to incise the lacrimal punctum, to perform a canaliculotomy and canalicular curettage and if necessary to perform a silicone intubation of the lacrimal system for prophylaxis of stenosis. A postoperative local therapy with a broad-spectrum antibiotic should be initiated for 1 - 2 weeks. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart, New York.

  3. Renal, colonic and retroperitoneal Actinomycosis - a case report ...

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    Un patient agé de 41 ans avec l'histoire de la douleur du reins d'une durée de deux semainese était noté d'avoir une masse rénale palpable au cours d'un examen clinique. L'imageur avait indiqué une masse complète venant de rein du côté gauche, qui a envahi la retropéritoine évocateur d'une hypernephrome complet.

  4. Renal, colonic and retroperitoneal Actinomycosis — A case report

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    Oral and cervicofacial lesions are the most common sites but due to its rarity, recognition of this disease ... Histopathology revealed actinomycotic renal carbuncle with. fibrosis and abscesses involving the perinephric tissues (Fig. 2). A small actinomycotic abscess was found in the submucosa of the adherent colon. Ten days ...

  5. Renal, colonic and retroperitoneal Actinomycosis - A case report

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    Un patient âgé de 41 ans avec l'histoire de la douleur du reins d'une durée de deux scmaincse était noté d'avoir une masse rénale palpable au cours d'un examen clinique. ... impliquant le côlon attenant et retropéritoine. Il est tout à fait remis après l'intevention chirurgicale et traité avec la pénicilline pendant une année.

  6. Actinomycosis of the foot – A South African case | Polden | South ...

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    Mycetoma is a chronic infection, characterised by severe disability and discomfort to patients. This condition is common throughout tropical regions of the world. The Indian subcontinent and north-east Africa, especially Sudan, bear the majority of the disease burden. Due to the limited resources and isolation of these areas, ...

  7. A rare cause of chronic abdominal pain, weight loss and anemia: Abdominal actinomycosis

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    KAYA, Muhsin; SAKARYA, Mehmet Hamdi

    2007-01-01

    Abdominal aktinomikosis vücudun farklı bölgelerini tutan subakut veya kronik bir enfeksiyondur. Kırk altı yaşındaki kadın hasta aralıklı gelen karın ağrısı, bulantı, kusma, geçici barsak tıkanması, kilo kaybı...

  8. l\\'Actinomycose Cérébrale Cerebral Actinomycosis (Francais ...

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    oro-facial area, the abdomen and lungs. Central nervous system involvement in an actinomycotic infection is uncommon, it does not seem to exceed 2, 8% of cases. Radiological procedures are of great help in locating the lesion and ...

  9. Pathology of zoo animals at the University of Ibadan Zoological ...

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    The common conditions diagnosed include gastroenteritis, respiratory disease and malnutrition/starvation which accounted for 70% of cases encountered. Other conditions were tumours, chemical poisoning, anthrax and actinomycosis. KEY WORDS: Pathology, Zoo Animals, Zoological Garden. Nigerian Veterinary Journal ...

  10. Actinomyces-induced inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor of the colon: A rare cause of an abdominal mass

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    Sami Akbulut

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    Conclusion: This case demonstrates that the development of IMFT secondary to actinomycosis is difficult to predict in the preoperative period. Once an exact diagnosis is confirmed by histopathologic examination, affected patients should receive prolonged antibiotherapy.

  11. Longstanding suppurative granulomatous inflammation of the infratemporal fossa

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    Brian E. Kinard, DMD, MD

    2016-03-01

    This case serves as a briefing for this form of uncommon inflammation and additionally serves to prime the reader on the distinction between actinomycosis, the clinical syndrome, and Actinomycosis, the bacteria. We present this case, perhaps from more of a philosophical standpoint, to illustrate the manner in which a longstanding, clinically significant, destructive process in an unusual anatomic location was successfully resolved via collaborative interdisciplinary management and months of effort.

  12. Actinomyces infection in a dog with pulmonary carcinoma.

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    Davies, D R; Lucas, J

    2003-03-01

    Thoracic actinomycosis was diagnosed by bacterial isolation in a dog with a history of chronic productive cough, weight loss, pyrexia and a pulmonary mass lesion on radiography. Therapy with amoxycillin and clindamycin did not significantly improve the patient's condition and euthanasia was performed during exploratory thoracotomy. Histological examination of the affected lung lobes revealed the presence of peribronchiolar adenocarcinoma. Actinomycosis has been reported to co-exist with pulmonary neoplasia in humans and may mask the presence of malignancy.

  13. Actinomyces and Nocardia infections in chronic granulomatous disease

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    Shahindokht Bassiri-Jahromi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective : Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD is an inherited disorder of the Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate reduced oxidase complex characterized by recurrent bacterial and fungal infections. Disseminated infection by combination of opportunistic agents is being increasingly reported in CGD patients. We presented in the retrospective review of medical records, the etiology, presentation, clinical characteristics the infections detected, predisposing condition and outcome of nocardiosis and actinomycosis involved in a group of pediatric patients diagnosed with CGD. Materials and Methods: The clinical presentation of CGD-related infections was reviewed retrospectively from the medical records of all 12 patients with CGD. We studied respectively 12 patients between 2001 and 2008, and we analyzed two pediatric patients with CGD who acquired Nocardia and Actinomyces infections, and their clinical and microbiological characteristics were described. The material for investigations was collected from scrapings, crusts, pus from subcutaneous abscesses or exudation from sinus tracts, surgical debridement, and biopsy specimens. The microbiological diagnosis was determined by biochemical tests, histology, microscopy, and culture of clinical samples. Results: The medical records of 12 diagnosed CGD patients with suspected nocardiosis or actinomycosis were reviewed. One patient was diagnosed with actinomycosis and one patient with nocardiosis. Patients consisted of seven males and five females with ranging ages of 3 to 18 years. Nocardiosis and actinomycosis isolated in the two patients were confirmed by histology and culture methods. Neutrophil oxidative burst were absent (NBT=0 in both patients. The most common manifestations of CGD due to fungal infections, actinomycosis, and nocardiosis were osteomyelitis (42.8%, pulmonary infections (28.6%, lymphadenopathy (14.3%, and skin involvement (14.3% during their illness. Conclusion: Nocardiosis

  14. Primary breast actinomyces simulating malignancy: A case diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration cytology

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    Renu Thambi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of primary actinomycosis of breast diagnosed by fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC in a postmenopausal lady who presented with a clinical impression of malignancy. Resolution of infection while conserving the breast was achieved by timely diagnosis and effective antibiotic therapy. The literature reports that primary actinomycosis of the breast is very rare after menopause, with only very few cases found after extensive search. It is imperative that this condition should be considered in the differential diagnosis of malignancy. The effectiveness of cell block sections in the final diagnosis is also highlighted.

  15. CASE REPORT Botryomycosis CASE REPORT CASE

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    There was an area of hypodensity in the right frontal lobe in keeping with gliosis secondary to the old insult. An assessment of botryomycosis was made. Actinomycosis was also a considered differential diagnosis. The patient was further sent to plas- tic surgeons for incisional biopsy. Results came back as botryomycosis.

  16. Common skin and mucosal disorders in HIV/AIDS

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    double and triple pathology are common, a single aetiologic agent may cause diverse clinical features, diverse aetiologic agents may cause a ... Precocious skin aging. Mycobacteriosis. Bullous pemphigoid. Actinomycosis .... It is a consequence of overgrowth of a normal resident microorganism. Oropharyngeal candidiasis ...

  17. An unusual cause of thoracic mass.

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    Wilson, D C; Redmond, A O

    1990-01-01

    A previously well 10 year old boy presented with scoliosis, a mass in the chest wall, and a pleural effusion. Chest radiography showed the triad of chronic consolidation, pleural effusion, and rib periostitis. Investigations confirmed thoracic actinomycosis. Tissue spread was evaluated by computed tomography. It was successfully treated with benzylpenicillin, which was later replaced by clindamycin. Images p991-a PMID:2221975

  18. Evaluation of The Products of Ambulatory Care and Products of Ambulatory Surgery Classification System For the Military Health Care System.

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    03191 0319 Infection, Atypical Mycobacterial 038 0389 Septicemia 03981 0399 Nocardia 03990 0399 Actinomycosis 03991 0399 Nocardiosis 04082 04089 Toxic...Lead 987 9879 Toxic Effect, Other Gases, Fumes & Vapors 9880 6931 Allergy, Food, Fish & Shellfish 9889 6931 Allergy, Food, Unspec 989 9899 Toxic

  19. Surgical treatment for unusual presentations of abdominal ...

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    Of the more than 30 species, Actinomyces Israelii is the most common human pathogen and one of the most involved in abdominal actinomycosis. Treatment includes high doses of antibiotic therapy sometimes combined with surgery in the case of complicated disease such as bowel obstruction. The authors report two ...

  20. Actinomyces in Chronic Granulomatous Disease: An Emerging and Unanticipated Pathogen

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    Reichenbach, Janine; Lopatin, Uri; Mahlaoui, Nizar; Beovic, Bojana; Siler, Ulrich; Zbinden, Reinhard; Seger, Reinhard A.; Galmiche, Louise; Brousse, Nicole; Kayal, Samer; Güngör, Tayfun; Blanche, Stéphane; Holland, Steven M.

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    Background Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is a rare inherited disease of the phagocyte NADPH oxidase system that causes defective production of toxic oxygen metabolites, impaired bacterial and fungal killing, and recurrent life-threatening infections, mostly by catalase-producing organisms. We report for the first time, to our knowledge, chronic infections with Actinomyces species in 10 patients with CGD. Actinomycosis is a chronic granulomatous condition that commonly manifests as cervicofacial, pulmonary, or abdominal disease, caused by slowly progressive infection with oral and gastrointestinal commensal Actinomyces species. Treatment of actinomycosis is usually simple in immunocompetent individuals, requiring long-term, high-dose intravenous penicillin, but is more complicated in those with CGD because of delayed diagnosis and an increased risk of chronic invasive or debilitating disease. Methods Actinomyces was identified by culture, staining, 16S ribosomal DNA polymerase chain reaction, and/ or a complement fixation test in 10 patients with CGD. Results All 10 patients presented with a history of fever and elevated inflammatory signs without evident focus. Diagnosis was delayed and clinical course severe and protracted despite high-dose intravenous antibiotic therapy and/or surgery. These results suggest an unrecognized and unanticipated susceptibility to weakly pathogenic Actinomyces species in patients with CGD because these are catalase-negative organisms previously thought to be nonpathogenic in CGD. Conclusions Actinomycosis should be vigorously sought and promptly treated in patients with CGD presenting with uncommon and prolonged clinical signs of infection. Actinomycosis is a catalase-negative infection important to consider in CGD. PMID:19874205

  1. Chondroradionecrosis of the Larynx in a Patient with Laryngeal: A Case Report

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    Aslan Ahmadi

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Actinomycosis of the larynx has been rarely reported in the literature and usually occurs in patients with a history of laryngeal carcinoma and radiation therapy. However, its co-existence with chondroradionecrosis due to radiotherapy is even rarer. The most common site of infection is the cervicofacial region, especially in the submandibular area.   Case Report: Here we report a 63-year-old male with a history of chemoradiotherapy because of laryngeal cancer 1 year earlier who presented with laryngeal actinomycosis. After prolonged penicillin-based treatment, the patient underwent thyroid cartilage defect reconstructive surgery because of a laryngocutaneous fistula due to chondroradionecrosis. The diagnosis, work-up, and management of the case are discussed, as well as a review of the literature.   Conclusion: Although actinomycotic infection of the larynx is rare, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of laryngeal complaints, especially in immunocompromised patients.

  2. Pilonidal Sinus of the Glans Penis Associated with Actinomyces Case Reports and Review of Literature

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    Shylashree Chikkamuniyappa

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Pilonidal sinus is a well-recognized condition that occurs most commonly in the sacrococcygeal area of younger men. It is hypothesized to be an acquired chronic inflammation condition due mainly to hair trapped beneath the surface. A pilonidal sinus in the sacrococcygeal region is associated with recurrent infection, abscess formation, cellulitis, fistulae, and rarely, squamous cell carcinoma. A pilonidal sinus of the penis is a rare entity. The association of a penile pilonidal cyst and Actinomyces is even more uncommon with only three cases reported previously. Two cases of pilonidal sinus are reported in this paper. One of the cases was associated with actinomycosis. Pilonidal sinus of the penis should be considered in the clinical and pathological differential diagnosis and has to be distinguished from balanoposthitis, epidermal cyst, and carcinoma. The knowledge about possible association with actinomycosis is important to ensure early treatment.

  3. Chondroradionecrosis of the Larynx in a Patient with Laryngeal: A Case Report.

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    Ahmadi, Aslan; Salem, Mohammad Mahdi; Safdarian, Mahdi; Ilkhani, Shahriar; Hamidian, Roghaieh; Cheraghipour, Mostafa; Daneshvar, Ali; Izadi, Farzad

    2017-05-01

    Actinomycosis of the larynx has been rarely reported in the literature and usually occurs in patients with a history of laryngeal carcinoma and radiation therapy. However, its co-existence with chondroradionecrosis due to radiotherapy is even rarer. The most common site of infection is the cervicofacial region, especially in the submandibular area. Here we report a 63-year-old male with a history of chemoradiotherapy because of laryngeal cancer 1 year earlier who presented with laryngeal actinomycosis. After prolonged penicillin-based treatment, the patient underwent thyroid cartilage defect reconstructive surgery because of a laryngocutaneous fistula due to chondroradionecrosis. The diagnosis, work-up, and management of the case are discussed, as well as a review of the literature. Although actinomycotic infection of the larynx is rare, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of laryngeal complaints, especially in immunocompromised patients.

  4. Cervical spondylitis and spinal abscess due to Actinomyces meyeri.

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    Duvignaud, Alexandre; Ribeiro, Emmanuel; Moynet, Daniel; Longy-Boursier, Maïté; Malvy, Denis

    2014-01-01

    Human actinomycosis with involvement of the spine is a rare condition although it has been first described a long time ago. It is probably underrecognized since its clinical presentation is often misleading and accurate bacteriological diagnosis is challenging. We herein report a rare case of cervical actinomycosis with paravertebral abscess and spondylitis imputed to an infection by Actinomyces meyeri in a 52-year-old immunocompetent Caucasian man. A. meyeri should be considered as a potential cause for subacute or chronic spondylitis, even in immunocompetent subjects. Modern diagnostic tools such as Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization Time of Flight mass spectrometry and 16S rRNA sequencing are efficient for accurate microbiological identification. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  5. Actinomyces Species Isolated from Breast Infections.

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    Bing, A U; Loh, S F; Morris, T; Hughes, H; Dixon, J M; Helgason, K O

    2015-10-01

    Actinomycosis is a chronic infection caused by Actinomyces species characterized by abscess formation, tissue fibrosis, and draining sinuses. The spectrum of infections caused by Actinomyces species ranges from classical invasive actinomycosis to a less invasive form of superficial skin and soft tissue infection. We present a review detailing all Actinomyces species isolated from breast infections in NHS Lothian between 2005 and 2013, Actinomyces species isolated from breast infections referred to the United Kingdom Anaerobe Reference Unit between 1988 and 2014, and cases describing Actinomyces breast infections published in the medical literature since 1994. Actinomyces species are fastidious organisms which can be difficult to identify and are likely to be underascertained as a cause of breast infections. Due to improved diagnostic methods, they are increasingly associated with chronic, recurrent breast infections and may play a more significant role in these infections than has previously been appreciated. Copyright © 2015, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  6. Cervical spondylitis and spinal abscess due to Actinomyces meyeri

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    Alexandre Duvignaud

    Full Text Available Human actinomycosis with involvement of the spine is a rare condition although it has been first described a long time ago. It is probably underrecognized since its clinical presentation is often misleading and accurate bacteriological diagnosis is challenging. We herein report a rare case of cervical actinomycosis with paravertebral abscess and spondylitis imputed to an infection by Actinomyces meyeri in a 52-year-old immunocompetent Caucasian man. A. meyeri should be considered as a potential cause for subacute or chronic spondylitis, even in immunocompetent subjects. Modern diagnostic tools such as Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption–Ionization Time of Flight mass spectrometry and 16S rRNA sequencing are efficient for accurate microbiological identification.

  7. [Cutaneous infection with Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans].

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    Böhme, J; Glaenz, T E; Kaiser, A; Allmacher, C

    2014-09-01

    Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is a small, gram-negative, non-motile, coccobacillus. Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is known to cause periodontal disease and to be associated with actinomycosis. We report a patient developed a chronic wound following trauma about the right heel. The lesion resolved after oral antibiotic therapy with cefpodoxime und surgical debridement. Bacterial cultures grew abundant Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, but no actinomyces species. The importance of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans in chronic wounds needs to be explored.

  8. Actinomycotic Osteomyelitis of Maxilla Presenting as Oroantral Fistula: A Rare Case Report

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    Ashalata Gannepalli; Bhargavi Krishna Ayinampudi; Pacha Venkat Baghirath; G. Venkateshwara Reddy

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    Actinomycosis is a chronic granulomatous infection caused by Actinomyces species which may involve only soft tissue or bone or the two together. Actinomycotic osteomyelitis of maxilla is relatively rare when compared to mandible. These are normal commensals and become pathogens when they gain entry into tissue layers and bone where they establish and maintain an anaerobic environment with extensive sclerosis and fibrosis. This infection spreads contiguously, frequently ignoring tissue planes ...

  9. Actinomycetes as the causative organism of osteomyelitis in sickle cell disease

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    Barter, S.J.; Hennessy, O.

    1984-04-01

    The case of a 17-year-old girl with sickle cell anaemia who presented with extensive osteomyelitis due to actinomycetes is reported. Osteomyelitis in the long bones due to actinomycosis is extremely rare. A review of the literature reveals only six cases in which actinomycetes have been isolated from lesions affecting a long bone. The occurence of this condition in sickle cell haemoglobinopathy has not been previously reported.

  10. Actinomycosic tubo-ovarian abscess: dynamic CT findings; Tubo-ovarite actinomycosique. Apport de l`angioscanner pelvien

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    Bazot, M.; Boudghene, F.; Bigot, J.M. [Hopital Tenon, 75 - Paris (France); Davenne, C.; Benzakine, Y. [Hopital Robert-Debre, 75 - Paris (France)

    1997-07-01

    Pelvic actinomycosis is uncommon and usually responsible for tubo-ovarian abscesses which are similar in aspect with non-actinomycotic abscesses. They are usually a complication of an intra-uterine device (IUD) that can be absent as in this case. The differential diagnosis is ovarian cancer. The role of the dynamic CT scan for differential diagnosis in this case is presented. Preoperative diagnosis in this affection is important because of the excellent response to Penicillin. (author)

  11. The Effects of Occipitalization of the Atlas on Facial Skeletal Morphology.

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    which is divided into three categories: (1) Those acquired as the result of tuberculosis, syphilis , arthritis deformans, arthritis adhesiva chronica...arthritis, osteomyelitis, echinococcosis, syphilis , tuberculosis and actinomycosis." McRae and Barnum (1953) provided an excellent overview of the embry...intersegmental unlike an intervertebral joint. In the 14 mm. human embryo ( gestation age about 40 days), the carti- lage of the centrum of the atlas is

  12. Mandibular Actinomyces osteomyelitis complicating florid cemento-osseous dysplasia: case report.

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    Smith, Miller H; Harms, Paul W; Newton, Duane W; Lebar, Bill; Edwards, Sean P; Aronoff, David M

    2011-07-21

    Apart from neoplastic processes, chronic disfiguring and destructive diseases of the mandible are uncommon. We report, perhaps for the first time, the simultaneous occurrence of two such conditions in one patient, in a case that emphasizes the importance of bone biopsy in establishing the correct diagnosis. Florid cemento-osseous dysplasia (FCOD) is a chronic, disfiguring condition of the maxillofacial region. This relatively benign disease is primarily observed in middle-aged women of African ancestry. Cervicofacial actinomycosis is an uncommon and progressive infection caused by bacilli of the Actinomyces genus that typically involves intraoral soft tissues but may also involve bone. The accurate diagnosis of actinomycosis is critical for successful treatment. A diagnosis of osteomyelitis caused by Actinomyces bacteria was diagnosed by bone biopsy in a 53 year-old African-American woman with a longstanding history of FCOD after she presented with a new draining ulcer overlying the mandible. Clinicians should be aware of the possibility of actinomycosis arising in the setting of FCOD, and the importance of bone biopsy and cultures in arriving at a definitive and timely diagnosis.

  13. Radicular Cyst With Actinomycotic Infection in an Upper Anterior Tooth

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    Shuei-Kuen Tseng

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycosis is an infection caused by filamentous, branching, Gram-positive anaerobic bacteria. It rarely infects the jawbone. This case report describes a patient with a left maxillary central incisor with an apical lesion and actinomycotic infection. A 23-year-old male patient underwent conventional root canal treatment of tooth 21, in a local dental clinic for about 1 year. However, percussion pain and a sinus tract that originated from tooth 21 were still present after treatment. Nonsurgical root canal treatment of tooth 21 was performed again but failed to relieve the symptoms. Therefore, apicoectomy and retrograde filling of the apical root canal with mineral trioxide aggregate were carried out. Periradicular bony defect was grafted by biocompatible material, and postoperative antibiotics (250 mg amoxicillin were given three times daily for 5 days. Pathological examination of the removed periapical tissue showed a radicular cyst with actinomycosis. At the 9-month postoperative recall, the sinus tract had disappeared and radiographic examination showed healing of the apical lesion. Periradicular actinomycosis is one important reason for failure of nonsurgical endodontic treatment. Clinically, if the tooth shows a recurrent sinus tract and poor response to conventional root canal treatment combined with antibiotic control, apical actinomycotic infection should be highly suspected, and an alternative endodontic surgical approach is needed for successful treatment.

  14. Radicular cyst with actinomycotic infection in an upper anterior tooth.

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    Tseng, Shuei-Kuen; Tsai, Yi-Ling; Li, Uei-Ming; Jeng, Jiiang-Huei

    2009-10-01

    Actinomycosis is an infection caused by filamentous, branching, Gram-positive anaerobic bacteria. It rarely infects the jawbone. This case report describes a patient with a left maxillary central incisor with an apical lesion and actinomycotic infection. A 23-year-old male patient underwent conventional root canal treatment of tooth 21, in a local dental clinic for about 1 year. However, percussion pain and a sinus tract that originated from tooth 21 were still present after treatment. Nonsurgical root canal treatment of tooth 21 was performed again but failed to relieve the symptoms. Therefore, apicoectomy and retrograde filling of the apical root canal with mineral trioxide aggregate were carried out. Periradicular bony defect was grafted by biocompatible material, and postoperative antibiotics (250 mg amoxicillin) were given three times daily for 5 days. Pathological examination of the removed periapical tissue showed a radicular cyst with actinomycosis. At the 9-month postoperative recall, the sinus tract had disappeared and radiographic examination showed healing of the apical lesion. Periradicular actinomycosis is one important reason for failure of nonsurgical endodontic treatment. Clinically, if the tooth shows a recurrent sinus tract and poor response to conventional root canal treatment combined with antibiotic control, apical actinomycotic infection should be highly suspected, and an alternative endodontic surgical approach is needed for successful treatment.

  15. Mandibular Actinomyces osteomyelitis complicating florid cemento-osseous dysplasia: case report

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Apart from neoplastic processes, chronic disfiguring and destructive diseases of the mandible are uncommon. Case Presentation We report, perhaps for the first time, the simultaneous occurrence of two such conditions in one patient, in a case that emphasizes the importance of bone biopsy in establishing the correct diagnosis. Florid cemento-osseous dysplasia (FCOD is a chronic, disfiguring condition of the maxillofacial region. This relatively benign disease is primarily observed in middle-aged women of African ancestry. Cervicofacial actinomycosis is an uncommon and progressive infection caused by bacilli of the Actinomyces genus that typically involves intraoral soft tissues but may also involve bone. The accurate diagnosis of actinomycosis is critical for successful treatment. A diagnosis of osteomyelitis caused by Actinomyces bacteria was diagnosed by bone biopsy in a 53 year-old African-American woman with a longstanding history of FCOD after she presented with a new draining ulcer overlying the mandible. Conclusions Clinicians should be aware of the possibility of actinomycosis arising in the setting of FCOD, and the importance of bone biopsy and cultures in arriving at a definitive and timely diagnosis.

  16. A case of amoxicillin-induced hepatocellular liver injury with bile-duct damage

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    Kim, Ju Seung; Jang, Young Rock; Lee, Ji Won; Kim, Jin Yong; Chung, Dong Hae; Kwon, Oh Sang; Kim, Yun Soo; Choi, Duck Joo; Kim, Ju Hyun

    2011-01-01

    Amoxicillin, an antibiotic that is widely prescribed for various infections, is associated with a very low rate of drug-induced liver injury; hepatitis and cholestasis are rare complications. Here we present a case of a 39-year-old woman who was diagnosed with abdominal actinomycosis and received amoxicillin treatment. The patient displayed hepatocellular and bile-duct injury, in addition to elevated levels of liver enzymes. The patient was diagnosed with amoxicillin-induced cholestatic hepatitis. When amoxicillin was discontinued, the patient's symptoms improved and her liver enzyme levels reduced to near to the normal range. PMID:22102391

  17. Microbiology in endodontics: an online study guide.

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    The Editorial Board of the Journal of Endodontics has developed a literature-based study guide of topical areas related to endodontics. This study guide is intended to give the reader a focused review of the essential endodontic literature and does not cite all possible articles related to each topic. Although citing all articles would be comprehensive, it would defeat the idea of a study guide. This section will present the topical areas of microorganisms involved in primary infection; microorganisms involved with failing endodontics, culturing, bacteremia, and endodontics; leaving teeth open; antibiotics; actinomycosis; sterilization of instruments and sterilization of gutta-percha, microorganisms in periradicular lesions; biofilms; and fungi, viruses, and prions.

  18. Granulomatous reaction to a foreign body mimicking bronchogenic tumor. CT findings with virtual endoscopy; Granulome a corps etranger mimant une tumeur bronchique. Aspects en TDM avec vue par endoscopie virtuelle

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    Mignon, F.; Chambellan, A.; Duboucher, C.; Dangeard-Chikhani, S.; Leclerc, P.; Lemesle, J. [Centre Hospitalier, 78 - Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France); Mesurolle, B. [Hopital Ambroise-Pare, 92 - Boulogne (France)

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    The aim of this study is to report the spiral CT findings of an endobronchial foreign body (chicken`s bone) unknown on the postero-anterior chest radiograph and on the first bronchoscopy. The double originality of this case is the association with endobronchial actinomycosis mimicking a bronchial neoplasm and the utilization of virtual endoscopy by endo-luminal 3D reconstruction in this context which has never been reported. The endo-luminal 3D reconstruction of the bronchial tree could help guide the endoscopic procedure by better localization of the lesions. (authors)

  19. Subcutaneous fistulae in a patient with femoral hypoplasia due to Actinomyces europaeus and Actinomyces turicensis.

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    Zautner, A E; Schmitz, S; Aepinus, C; Schmialek, A; Podbielski, A

    2009-06-01

    Infections due to Actinomyces europaeus or Actinomyces turicensis have only rarely been reported. We describe a case of chronic fistulae caused by a coinfection with A. europaeus and A. turicensis in an immunocompetent male patient with a severe congenital femur hypoplasia. Actinomycosis is most probably the consequence of a postoperative wound infection after a prior surgical intervention. Both Actinomyces species were identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The Actinomyces-caused fistulae were treated by excision and a 1-week course of i.v. vancomycin followed by a 1-week course of p.o. cefuroxime.

  20. Suppurative granulomatous sinorhinitis associated with Nocardia spp. infection in a cat.

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    Nakanishi, Ataru; Mashita, Tadahisa; Akiyama, Kyoko; Nakanishi, Wakana; Mori, Takashi; Yano, Masaki; Asai, Tetsuo; Kano, Rui; Shimamura, Syunsuke; Yasuda, Jun

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    A 9-year-old spayed female cat was examined for cheek skin drainage. The skin lesion did not respond to medical therapy; thereafter, facial deformity developed. A computed tomography revealed an intranasal mass and maxillary osteolysis. The mass was histopathologically diagnosed as suppurative granulomatous inflammation caused by filamentous bacteria. The lesion responded well to radiation therapy. Although actinomycosis was suspected histopathologically, no actinomycetes were detected in the nasal lesion by a bacterial culture conducted at a commercial laboratory. The submandibular lymph node and subcutaneous tissue exhibited swelling. Microbiological examination and genetic analysis based on 16S rDNA gene sequence revealed that Nocardia spp. were isolated from both lesions.

  1. Empyema Secondary to Actinomyces meyeri Treated Successfully with Ceftriaxone Followed by Doxycycline

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    Etienne Paris

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycosis is a relatively rare infection caused by Gram-positive bacteria. We present the case of a 54-year-old, previously healthy, male patient with a history of severe penicillin allergy who developed severe pneumonia and empyema caused by Actinomyces meyeri. Presenting symptoms included productive cough, right upper quadrant pain, and chills and rigors. He required drainage of the empyema via tube and prolonged antibiotic treatment with intravenous ceftriaxone for 2 weeks followed by oral doxycycline for 6 months.

  2. Actinomycotic Osteomyelitis of Maxilla Presenting as Oroantral Fistula: A Rare Case Report

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    Ashalata Gannepalli

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Actinomycosis is a chronic granulomatous infection caused by Actinomyces species which may involve only soft tissue or bone or the two together. Actinomycotic osteomyelitis of maxilla is relatively rare when compared to mandible. These are normal commensals and become pathogens when they gain entry into tissue layers and bone where they establish and maintain an anaerobic environment with extensive sclerosis and fibrosis. This infection spreads contiguously, frequently ignoring tissue planes and surrounding tissues or organ. The portal of entry may be pulpal, periodontal infection, and so forth which may lead to involvement of adjacent structures as pharynx, larynx, tonsils, and paranasal sinuses and has the propensity to damage extensively. Diagnosis is often delayed and is usually based on histopathology as they are cultured in fewer cases. The chronic clinical course without regional lymphadenopathy may be essential in diagnosis. The management of actinomycotic osteomyelitis is surgical debridement of necrotic tissue combined with antibiotics for 3–6 months. The primary actinomycosis arising within the maxilla with contiguous involvement of paranasal sinus with formation of oroantral fistula is rare. Hence, we present a 50-year-old female patient with chronic sclerosing osteomyelitis of maxilla which presented as oroantral fistula with suppurative and sclerotic features.

  3. Actinomycotic Osteomyelitis of Maxilla Presenting as Oroantral Fistula: A Rare Case Report.

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    Gannepalli, Ashalata; Ayinampudi, Bhargavi Krishna; Baghirath, Pacha Venkat; Reddy, G Venkateshwara

    2015-01-01

    Actinomycosis is a chronic granulomatous infection caused by Actinomyces species which may involve only soft tissue or bone or the two together. Actinomycotic osteomyelitis of maxilla is relatively rare when compared to mandible. These are normal commensals and become pathogens when they gain entry into tissue layers and bone where they establish and maintain an anaerobic environment with extensive sclerosis and fibrosis. This infection spreads contiguously, frequently ignoring tissue planes and surrounding tissues or organ. The portal of entry may be pulpal, periodontal infection, and so forth which may lead to involvement of adjacent structures as pharynx, larynx, tonsils, and paranasal sinuses and has the propensity to damage extensively. Diagnosis is often delayed and is usually based on histopathology as they are cultured in fewer cases. The chronic clinical course without regional lymphadenopathy may be essential in diagnosis. The management of actinomycotic osteomyelitis is surgical debridement of necrotic tissue combined with antibiotics for 3-6 months. The primary actinomycosis arising within the maxilla with contiguous involvement of paranasal sinus with formation of oroantral fistula is rare. Hence, we present a 50-year-old female patient with chronic sclerosing osteomyelitis of maxilla which presented as oroantral fistula with suppurative and sclerotic features.

  4. [Actinomycosic mycetoma of the foot in Morocco due to Actinomycetes viscosus].

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    Baha, H; Khadir, K; Hali, F; Benchikhi, H; Zeghwagh, A; Zerouali, K; Belabbes, H; El Mdaghri, N; Soussi, M A; Marnissi, F; Kadioui, F

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    We present the case of an actinomycotic mycetoma of the foot due to Actinomycetes viscosus. It evolved for nine years on the foot of a 26-year-old patient from a rural environment: Douar Inezgane (city in southern Morocco). Bacteriological study of the skin and grains confirmed the diagnosis. It showed positive bacilli on direct examination and on Gram staining and in positive culture. Histological study showed a polymorphous granulomatous inflammation without signs of malignancy with actinomycotic grains. Then we retained the diagnosis of primary cutaneous actinomycosis without visceral locations. The treatment was based on antibiotics: penicillin G by intravenous infusion for five weeks, relayed orally by amoxicillin associated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole for long periods. After six months of treatment, we observed a favorable outcome with reduction of the swelling, nodules, lymphadenopathy, fistula's number and extension of time of issue of grains. The current follow up is 15 months. The primary cutaneous actinomycosis is still relevant in Morocco. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  5. Acne inversa complicated by Actinomyces neuii.

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    Nedomansky, Jakob; Weiss, Doris; Willinger, Birgit; Nickl, Stefanie; Steininger, Christoph

    2016-04-01

    Acne inversa (AI) is a chronic and recurrent inflammatory skin disease. It occurs in intertriginous areas of the skin and causes pain, drainage, malodor and scar formation. While supposedly caused by an autoimmune reaction, bacterial superinfection is a secondary event in the disease process. A unique case of a 43-year-old male patient suffering from a recurring AI lesion in the left axilla was retrospectively analysed. A swab revealed Actinomyces neuii as the only agent growing in the lesion. The patient was then treated with Amoxicillin/Clavulanic Acid 3 × 1 g until he was cleared for surgical excision. The intraoperative swab was negative for A. neuii. Antibiotics were prescribed for another 4 weeks and the patient has remained relapse free for more than 12 months now. Primary cutaneous Actinomycosis is a rare entity and the combination of AI and Actinomycosis has never been reported before. Failure to detect superinfections of AI lesions with slow-growing pathogens like Actinomyces spp. might contribute to high recurrence rates after immunosuppressive therapy of AI. The present case underlines the potentially multifactorial pathogenesis of the disease and the importance of considering and treating potential infections before initiating immunosuppressive regimens for AI patients.

  6. [Respiratory infections caused by slow-growing bacteria: Nocardia, Actinomyces, Rhodococcus].

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    Eschapasse, E; Hussenet, C; Bergeron, A; Lebeaux, D

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    Pneumonia caused by slow-growing bacteria is rare but sometimes severe. These infections share many similarities such as several differential diagnoses, difficulties to identify the pathogen, the importance of involving the microbiologist in the diagnostic investigation and the need for prolonged antibiotic treatment. However, major differences distinguish them: Nocardia and Rhodococcus infect mainly immunocompromised patients while actinomycosis also concerns immunocompetent patients; the severity of nocardioses is related to their hematogenous spread while locoregional extension by contiguity makes the gravity of actinomycosis. For these diseases, molecular diagnostic tools are essential, either to obtain a species identification and guide treatment in the case of nocardiosis or to confirm the diagnosis from a biological sample. Treatment of these infections is complex due to: (1) the limited data in the literature; (2) the need for prolonged treatment of several months; (3) the management of toxicities and drug interactions for the treatment of Nocardia and Rhodococcus. Close cooperation between pneumonologists, infectious disease specialists and microbiologists is essential for the management of these patients. Copyright © 2017 SPLF. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  7. Abscesso actinomicótico do cerebelo: relato de caso Actinomycotic abscess of the cerebellum: case report

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    Full Text Available Acometimento do sistema nervoso central por actinomicetos é extremamente raro. Os autores descrevem um caso de actinomicose de cerebelo, com diagnóstico estabelecido após remoção cirúrgica da lesão e tratamento com sucesso com penicilina endovenosa e oral. Breve revisão da literatura sobre o envolvimento do sistema nervoso na actinomicose é apresentada.A 38 year-old man presented fever and a clinical picture of intracranial hypertension and ataxic syndrome. A CT-scan disclosed an expanding lesion of the cerebellum. Surgical excision of the lesion was performed and pathological examination made the diagnosis of an actinomycotic abscess. The probable primary source of infection were the lungs and/or oral cavity. The postoperative course was uneventful, with complete recovery after a long period of treatment with penicillin (IV and PO. The authors review some aspects about central nervous system involvement in actinomycosis.

  8. ESTUDO ANATOMOPATOLÓGICO EM TECIDOS CONDENADOS PELO SERVIÇO DE INSPEÇÃO FEDERAL (SIF POR SUSPEITA DE TUBERCULOSE

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    Ricardo Evandro Mendes

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    Full Text Available The methodology used during the Animal Standard Meat Inspection (SIS has been controversial in the decision to condemn or approve materials for human consumption. The aim of this study was to identify the microscopic lesions found in lymph node tissues condemned for tuberculosis by the Brazilian SIS. Sixty-one condemned lymph nodes were collected, fixed in buffered formalin 10% and submitted to histological processing. By evaluating the condemned tissues with H&E stain, 55 tuberculoid granuloma were found, as well as three actinomycosis granuloma, 2 presenting lymphoid hyperplasia and 1 crystal deposition. The misdiagnosis rate in the samples condemned due to tuberculosis was satisfactory, however it can be improved.

  9. A Rare Thermophilic Bug in Complicated Diverticular Abscess

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    Full Text Available Actinomycosis is a form of painful abscess in the gastrointestinal tract or in deep tissue caused by actinomyces species. They are one of the commensal bacteria in the oral cavity and gastrointestinal tract of humans but can opportunistically cause infection in immunosuppressive hosts through invasion of breached mucosa or necrotic tissue while mimicking malignancy, gastrointestinal tuberculosis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Actinomyces israelii is, by far, the major and most common human pathogen throughout literatures. By virtue of rarity and diagnostic confusion with masquerading malignancies, only 10% of the cases have been diagnosed preoperatively, so as to be able to verge patients from undergoing unnecessary surgical intervention. Herein, we present a rare case of complicated diverticular abscess manifested by Actinomyces meyeri after postoperative tissue diagnosis.

  10. Actinomyces meyeri: from "lumpy jaw" to empyema.

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    Attaway, A; Flynn, T

    2013-10-01

    While the most common presentation of actinomycosis is cervicofacial disease, or "lumpy jaw syndrome," Actinomyces meyeri has a predilection for pulmonary disease as well as dissemination to distant organs. We describe a 61-year-old Caucasian male with a relapsing-remitting mandibular sinus tract who would go on to develop weight loss, dyspnea, and a cough productive of malodorous sputum. Imaging revealed a right lower lobe pneumonia and a large left sided empyema. He underwent thoracotomy and decortication on the left side, and 1 L of foul-smelling purulent fluid was drained. Culture grew Actinomyces meyeri. He completed an extended antibiotic course and had his teeth extracted with good clinical outcome.

  11. [Actinomyces empyema treated with decortications].

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    Shteinberg, Michal; Perek, Shoshan; Ghanem, Nesrin; Sarafov, Israel; Peysakhovich, Yury; Adir, Yochai

    2012-04-01

    Actinomyces infections are rare infections, involving the head and neck, abdominal cavity, and the lung. We report a case of a 66 year old woman with shortness of breath and a pleural effusion from which Actinomyces meyeriwas cultured. The diagnosis was confirmed by the polymerase chain reaction technique. The infection was successfully treated with a combination of ampicillin and surgical decortication. Due to their rarity, Actinomyces infections are not often suspected. These infections are difficult to diagnose due to specific microbiologic requirements for isolation of Actinomyces. In many reviewed cases of Actinomyces infection, patients underwent surgery for presumed cancer but were eventually diagnosed as being infected with actinomycosis. Due to lack of improvement of our patient, surgical decortication was performed, which led to a successful outcome.

  12. Actinomyces and related organisms in human infections.

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    Könönen, Eija; Wade, William G

    2015-04-01

    Actinomyces israelii has long been recognized as a causative agent of actinomycosis. During the past 3 decades, a large number of novel Actinomyces species have been described. Their detection and identification in clinical microbiology laboratories and recognition as pathogens in clinical settings can be challenging. With the introduction of advanced molecular methods, knowledge about their clinical relevance is gradually increasing, and the spectrum of diseases associated with Actinomyces and Actinomyces-like organisms is widening accordingly; for example, Actinomyces meyeri, Actinomyces neuii, and Actinomyces turicensis as well as Actinotignum (formerly Actinobaculum) schaalii are emerging as important causes of specific infections at various body sites. In the present review, we have gathered this information to provide a comprehensive and microbiologically consistent overview of the significance of Actinomyces and some closely related taxa in human infections. Copyright © 2015, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  13. Actinomyces neuii: review of an unusual infectious agent.

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    von Graevenitz, Alexander

    2011-04-01

    Actinomyces neuii, a species first described in 1994, has proven to be an exception in this genus on account of its aerobic growth, microscopic morphology (no branching), and the types and location of infections. Abscesses and infected atheromas are the most frequent types of infections, followed by infected skin structures, endophthalmitis, and bacteremias, including endocarditis. They are most likely of endogenous origin. To date, approximately 100 cases have been recorded in the literature. Intra-abdominal and intrathoracic infections, however, have not yet been described, and cases of classical actinomycosis seem to be extremely rare. Prognosis has generally been good with antibiotic and/or surgical treatment. Susceptibility to antibiotics has paralleled that of other Actinomyces spp.

  14. Actinomyces meyeri infection: case report and review of the literature.

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    Fazili, Tasaduq; Blair, Donald; Riddell, Scott; Kiska, Deanna; Nagra, Shehzadi

    2012-10-01

    Actinomyces meyeri is an uncommon cause of actinomycosis. We present a patient with pneumonia and empyema due to A. meyeri. The patient underwent open thoracotomy with decortication and was discharged home on a twelve-month course of oral penicillin. Review of the English literature revealed thirty-two cases of infection due to A. meyeri. The majority of patients were male, and a significant number had poor dental hygiene and a history of alcoholism. More than other Actinomyces species, A. meyeri causes pulmonary infection and has a predilection for dissemination. Prognosis is favorable with prolonged penicillin therapy combined with surgical debridement, if needed. Copyright © 2012 The British Infection Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Empiema por Actinomyces: el gran simulador Empyema due to Actinomyces: a diagnostic challenge

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    Fernando J. Vázquez

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available El derrame pleural aislado, como única manifestación de la actinomicosis es una situación muy rara y un desafío diagnóstico para el clínico, no sólo por su infrecuencia sino por la dificultad técnica para cultivar al gérmen. La típica apariencia microscópica de este bacilo Gram-positivo ramificado en los cultivos suele ser la clave del dianóstico. Se informa un caso de derrame pleural masivo izquierdo por Actinomyces israelii, sin afectación del parénquima pulmonar, de difícil diagnóstico, que mejoró clínica y radiológicamente en forma completa con el drenaje quirúrgico y tratamiento antibiótico prolongado.Isolated pleural effusion due to actinomycosis is rare and poses a diagnostic challenge to clinicians not only because it is uncommon and often forgotten, but also because culture of the causative microorganism is technically difficult. The classic al microscopic appearance of this Gram-positive bacillus on cultures often forms the basis of diagnosis. This is the report of a case of massive left sided pleural effusion due to Actinomyces israelii that improved clinically and radiologically after surgery and prolonged antibiotic treatment.

  16. A Para-Canalicular Abscess Resembling an Inflamed Chalazion

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    Diamantis Almaliotis

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Lacrimal infections by Actinomyces are rare and commonly misdiagnosed for long periods of time. They account for 2% of all lacrimal diseases. Case Report. We report a case of a 70-year-old female patient suffering from a para-canalicular abscess in the medial canthus of the left eye, beside the lower punctum lacrimale, resembling a chalazion. Purulence exited from the punctum lacrimale due to inflammation of the inferior canaliculus (canaliculitis. When pressure was applied to the mass, a second exit of purulence was also observed under the palpebral conjunctiva below the lacrimal caruncle. A surgical excision was performed followed by administration of local antibiotic therapy. The histopathological examination of the extracted mass revealed the existence of actinomycosis. Conclusion. Persistent or recurrent infections and lumps of the eyelids should be thoroughly investigated. Actinomyces as a causative agent should be considered. Differential diagnosis is broad and should include canaliculitis, chalazion, and multiple types of neoplasias. For this reason, in nonconclusive cases, a histopathological examination should be performed.

  17. A para-canalicular abscess resembling an inflamed chalazion.

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    Almaliotis, Diamantis; Nakos, Elias; Siempis, Thomas; Koletsa, Triantafyllia; Kostopoulos, Ioannis; Chatzipantazi, Maria; Karampatakis, Vasileios

    2013-01-01

    Background. Lacrimal infections by Actinomyces are rare and commonly misdiagnosed for long periods of time. They account for 2% of all lacrimal diseases. Case Report. We report a case of a 70-year-old female patient suffering from a para-canalicular abscess in the medial canthus of the left eye, beside the lower punctum lacrimale, resembling a chalazion. Purulence exited from the punctum lacrimale due to inflammation of the inferior canaliculus (canaliculitis). When pressure was applied to the mass, a second exit of purulence was also observed under the palpebral conjunctiva below the lacrimal caruncle. A surgical excision was performed followed by administration of local antibiotic therapy. The histopathological examination of the extracted mass revealed the existence of actinomycosis. Conclusion. Persistent or recurrent infections and lumps of the eyelids should be thoroughly investigated. Actinomyces as a causative agent should be considered. Differential diagnosis is broad and should include canaliculitis, chalazion, and multiple types of neoplasias. For this reason, in nonconclusive cases, a histopathological examination should be performed.

  18. Leucocyte-rich and platelet-rich fibrin for the treatment of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw: a prospective feasibility study.

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    Kim, Jin-Woo; Kim, Sun-Jong; Kim, Myung-Rae

    2014-11-01

    Our aim was to assess the feasibility of using leucocyte-rich and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) for the treatment of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ) in a single group study. After treatment with L-PRF, the response of each patient was recorded 1 month and 4 months postoperatively. Further assessments were made of the site, stage, concentration of c-terminal crosslinked telopepide of type 1 collagen, and actinomycosis. Among the total of 34 patients, 26 (77%) showed complete resolution, 6 (18%) had delayed resolution, and 2 (6%) showed no resolution. There was a significant association between the response to treatment and the stage of BRONJ (p=0.002) but no other significant associations were detected. This study has shown that it is feasible to use L-PRF for the treatment of BRONJ, but the effectiveness cannot be judged with this study design. Randomised prospective trials are needed to confirm this. Copyright © 2014 The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. [Lupus vulgaris as a complication of pulmonary tuberculosis--case report].

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    Owczarek, Witold; Targowski, Tomasz; Kozera-Zywczyk, Anna; Paluchowska, Elwira; Patera, Janusz

    2009-10-01

    Tuberculosis is a contagious disease induced by Mycobacterium species, acid-fast bacilli. These are mostly human type--Mycobacterium tuberculosis, less often cattle type--mycobacterium bovis or other: mycobacterium avium, kansasii, marinom, scrofulaceum, heamophilium, gordonae. The infection can affect all organs, but pulmonary tuberculosis is the most common form. The importance of tuberculosis is definitely rising in the context of massive population migrations in regions affected by its higher incidence, increased HIV infections and AIDS development. Cutaneous tuberculosis is a particular tuberculosis form with differentiated clinical picture. Non-typicalness of skin changes and oligobacilleous course of extrapulmonary tuberculosis forms are repeatedly causing difficulties in adequate diagnosis and early treatment. In differential diagnostics of cutaneous tuberculosis one must take leishmaniasis, actinomycosis, leprosy, syphilis and deep mycosis (among others) into consideration. The study is presenting a case of lupus vulgaris as a complication of past pulmonary tuberculosis. In bacteriological diagnostics of skin changes bioptates, no tuberculosis mycobacteria were found. The disease was diagnosed based on specific granulation presence in histopathology test, tuberculin hypersensivity, bacilli DNA presence in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and skin changes regression after anti-mycobacterium treatment. According to authors of the study, the described case confirms the usefulness of PCR nucleonic acids amplification test in cutaneous tuberculosis diagnosis.

  20. Pulmonary Actinomyces graevenitzii infection presenting as organizing pneumonia diagnosed by PCR analysis.

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    Fujita, Yu; Iikura, Motoyasu; Horio, Yuko; Ohkusu, Kiyofumi; Kobayashi, Nobuyuki

    2012-08-01

    We report what is believed to be the first case of pulmonary Actinomyces graevenitzii infection presenting as organizing pneumonia. Fever and night sweats developed in a 69-year-old male. The only abnormal laboratory data were an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein level. On chest images, multiple consolidations with air bronchograms were seen in the bilateral lungs. Histological examination from lung biopsy revealed a pattern of organizing pneumonia with microabscesses, but definitive diagnosis was not obtained because culture from lung specimen was negative. A. graevenitzii was eventually identified in the lung biopsy specimen by detection of an Actinomyces-specific PCR product followed by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The patient was treated with high-dose ampicillin intravenously for 1 month, followed by oral amoxicillin and clarithromycin for 6 months, and recovered. We suggest that actinomycosis can present as organizing pneumonia, and identification of infection by PCR analysis and rRNA gene sequencing is a useful strategy in cases that are difficult to diagnose.

  1. Actinomyces meyeri brain abscess following dental extraction.

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    Clancy, U; Ronayne, A; Prentice, M B; Jackson, A

    2015-04-13

    We describe the rare occurrence of an Actinomyces meyeri cerebral abscess in a 55-year-old woman following a dental extraction. This patient presented with a 2-day history of hemisensory loss, hyper-reflexia and retro-orbital headache, 7 days following a dental extraction for apical peridonitis. Neuroimaging showed a large left parietal abscess with surrounding empyema. The patient underwent craniotomy and drainage of the abscess. A. meyeri was cultured. Actinomycosis is a rare cause of cerebral abscess. The A. meyeri subtype is particularly rare, accounting for less than 1% of specimens. This case describes an unusually brief course of the disease, which is usually insidious. Parietal lobe involvement is unusual as cerebral abscesses usually have a predilection for the frontal and temporal regions of the brain. Although there are no randomised trials to guide therapy, current consensus is to use a prolonged course of intravenous antibiotics, followed by 6-12 months of oral therapy. 2015 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  2. Actinomyces neuii Isolated From a 20-Month-Old Girl With Cervical Lymphadenitis.

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    Walther, Kathi; Bruder, Elisabeth; Goldenberger, Daniel; Mayr, Johannes; Schaad, Urs Beat; Ritz, Nicole

    2015-09-01

    Actinomycetes are Gram-positive bacteria that can be part of the normal human flora of the gastrointestinal, pulmonary, and genital tract. Infections are rare, slowly progressing and most commonly affect the cervicofacial region. Actinomyces israelii is the most frequently isolated species but a number of other species may cause infection. We report the first postnatally acquired case of an actinomycosis caused by A. neuii in a child. We also provide a systematic review of all published cases of A. neuii infections. In children, there is one case report of a premature infant with perinatally acquired A. neuii sepsis. In adults 21 cases have currently been reported and A. neuii infection was associated with endophthalmitis after eye surgery, foreign material-associated infection and abscess formation in the inguinal, axillary, and mammary area. Our case highlights that a A. neuii infection is also a potential differential diagnosis in children with chronic lymphadenitis. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  3. Actinomyces bowdenii ulcerative keratitis in a dog.

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    Sherman, Amanda; Daniels, Joshua B; Wilkie, David A; Lutz, Elizabeth

    2013-09-01

    A 5-year-old spayed female diabetic mixed-breed dog underwent phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation to correct bilateral hypermature cataracts. Two months postsurgery, the patient presented with ulcerative keratitis and multifocal stromal abscessation OD, which was controlled, but never resolved, with topical fluoroquinolone therapy. The patient re-presented 2 months later with a new, raised, white gritty corneal opacity associated with hyperemia, chemosis, and blepharospasm OD. Cytology of the right cornea revealed filamentous bacteria, suggestive of Actinomyces spp. Actinomyces bowdenii was subsequently isolated in pure culture and identified via 16s rDNA sequencing. Actinomyces bowdenii has never before been described as a cause of ocular infection. An immunosuppressed corneal environment likely contributed to this opportunistic Actinomycosis. The infection was not controlled with fluoroquinolone therapy, and the isolate, in vitro, was resistant to three fluoroquinolones (ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, and levofloxacin), which also has not been previously reported for this species of Actinomyces. A superficial keratectomy with conjunctival graft was employed to successfully manage the infection. © 2012 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  4. Solitary plasmacytoma of the tonsillar site associated with actinomyces infection: the possible role of IL-6.

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    Zappacosta, R; Rosini, S; Aiello, F B; Rullo, A; Croce, A; Lattanzio, G; Viola, P

    2012-01-01

    ExtraMedullary Plasmacytoma (EMP) is a rare plasma cell tumor. It can occur in the upper aerodigestive tract and presents as a large nodule causing local compressive symptoms. A 79-year old woman presented to Otorhinolaryngology Department with progressive hearing loss and no other symptoms. Following PET/TC examination due to the suspicion of a lymphoproliferative disease, the patient underwent tonsillectomy and the diagnosis of solitary EMP was formulated. In addition to that, the histological examination of the tonsillar tissue revealed large colonies of filamentous bacteria, showing abundant sulphur granules and Splendore-Hoeppli phenomenon; these evidences indicating the presence of a chronic Actinomyces infection. Immunohistochemical analysis demonstrated a marked IL-6 immunoreactivity of the neoplastic plasma cells. Interestingly, a marked IL-6 immunoreactivity was also found in the tissue surrounding the Actinomyces colonies. In the present study we report for the first time a solitary EMP associated with Actinomycosis. It is tempting to speculate that the unsuspected and untreated Actinomyces infection, through chronic IL-6 production, could contribute to the neoplastic transformation of plasma cells.

  5. In vitro bactericidal effect of Nd:YAG laser on Actinomyces israelii.

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    Vescovi, Paolo; Conti, Stefania; Merigo, Elisabetta; Ciociola, Tecla; Polonelli, Luciano; Manfredi, Maddalena; Meleti, Marco; Fornaini, Carlo; Rocca, Jean-Paul; Nammour, S Amir

    2013-07-01

    A bactericidal effect has been reported by the use of near-infrared laser light on both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of Nd:YAG laser on Actinomyces israelii, filamentous bacteria causing cervicofacial actinomycosis. Experiments were realized on bacterial cells in saline suspension or streaked on Mueller-Hinton (MH) agar plates with or without India ink. Laser application was performed in Eppendorf tubes with different powers and frequencies for 40 s; bacterial suspensions were then streaked on agar plates and incubated at 35 °C in proper conditions for 5 days before colony enumeration. A reduction of colony number variable from 60.13 to 100 % for powers of 2, 4, and 6 W at 25-50 Hz of frequency was observed in comparison with growth control. For agar plates, laser application was performed with different powers at 50 Hz for 60 s. A growth inhibition was observed after 5 days of incubation on MH plates with powers of 6 W and on MH-ink plates with all applied powers. This preliminary study showed a bactericidal effect caused by Nd:YAG laser application worthy to be evaluated in further experiments in vivo.

  6. Resistance patterns in clinical isolates of pathogenic Actinomyces species.

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    Steininger, C; Willinger, Birgit

    2016-02-01

    Actinomyces spp. are commensals that may occasionally invade deep tissue structures, causing difficult-to-treat and disfiguring lesions. Information on antimicrobial resistance patterns is limited to observations from two previous studies. Therefore, we examined antimicrobial resistance patterns in clinical isolates of Actinomyces spp. In this retrospective assessment of antimicrobial resistance patterns, we identified 392 Actinomyces spp. at a tertiary care centre from January 2008 to December 2014. MICs of various antimicrobial agents, including ampicillin/sulbactam, meropenem, clindamycin, metronidazole and vancomycin for anaerobic actinomycetes, were obtained by Etest. For aerobic actinomycetes, imipenem, cefotaxime, amikacin, linezolid, moxifloxacin, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and clarithromycin were tested. MIC results were interpreted based on guidelines published by the CLSI (formerly NCCLS). Actinomyces meyeri was predominantly isolated and accounted for 34% of all Actinomyces spp. identified, followed by Actinomyces turicensis with 23%. Actinomyces neuii is considered to be a rare Actinomyces sp., but accounted for 8% of isolates. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of isolates showed that the Actinomyces spp. were almost uniformly susceptible to β-lactam antimicrobials (with and without β-lactamase inhibitors), carbapenems, tetracyclines and vancomycin. In contrast, Actinomyces spp. isolates were almost uniformly resistant to metronidazole. β-Lactam antimicrobial agents remain the first choice, whereas metronidazole should be avoided, in the treatment of actinomycosis. Reasonable alternatives for treatment are tetracyclines and carbapenems. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  7. Anaplastic large cell lymphoma: A great mimic on cytology

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    Mona A Agnihotri

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    Full Text Available Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL is a T-cell lymphoma, accounting for <5% of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Cutaneous involvement can be primary or secondary arising in systemic ALCL. The diagnostic feature in both is the presence of pleomorphic, CD30 positive hallmark cells. We present a case of ALCL in a 19-year-old male presenting as an ulcerated scalp swelling. Clinical impression was actinomycosis or scrofuloderma. Cytology smears showed large dispersed pleomorphic cells with hyperlobated nuclei and multinucleated giant cells. The differentials considered were ALCL, rhabdomyosarcoma, and poorly differentiated carcinoma. Immunocytochemistry (ICC showed positivity for leukocyte common antigen (LCA and CD30 while negativity for desmin, favoring ALCL. Computed tomography (CT showed a lytic paravertebral lesion. Subsequently, both paraspinal and scalp lesions were biopsied and immunochemistry confirmed the diagnosis of ALCL. Thus, cutaneous involvement in ALCL can resemble inflammatory and other neoplastic lesions clinically and cytologically. Hence, a high index of suspicion and ICC can aid in the correct diagnosis on fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC.

  8. A case of radiation-induced skin ulcer, cerebral meningioma and skin cancer

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    Matsuo, Yuki; Yano, Kenji [Kure National Hospital, Hiroshima (Japan)

    2000-10-01

    We report a case of radiation-induced skin ulcer, cerebral meningioma, and skin cancer in a 69-year-old woman who had undergone local irradiation and application of radium directly to the skin for actinomycosis of the face at the age of twenty. Some forty to fifty years later, a skin ulcer in the preauricular area in the center of the radiodermatitis, cerebral meningioma in the right sphenoid ridge, and a keratotic skin tumor in the right auricle all developed within the previously irradiated region. The cerebral meningioma was extirpated. The skin ulcer was excised and covered with a forearm flap. After the skin tumor was excised and the subcutaneous tumor in the postauricular area was excised, the postoperative histopathological diagnosis was squamous cell carcinoma with lymph node metastasis. It was considered that the squamous cell carcinoma was derived from irradiated keratosis. Four months later, right neck lymph node dissection was performed. Both the meningioma and squamous cell carcinoma satisfied Cahan's criteria for radiation-induced tumors. So we diagnosed these as radiation-induced cerebral meningioma and squamous cell carcinoma. We haven't detected any recurrence of the squamous cell carcinoma for two years. We learned from this case that chronic radiation disturbances cause an irreversible reaction and various radiolesions, including malignancies, can occur after a long period of latency. It is important to never underestimate a small lesion in the irradiated area, to plan early preventive surgical treatment to remove skin that may have been over-subjected to irradiation, and to continue long-term follow-up for patients with chronic radiodermatitis. (author)

  9. Fine needle aspiration cytology in lesions of the nose, nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses.

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    Gupta, Nalini; Kaur, Jasleen; Srinivasan, Radhika; Das, Ashim; Mohindra, Satyawati; Rajwanshi, Arvind; Nijhawan, Raje

    2011-01-01

    To assess the spectrum of lesions in the sinonasal region diagnosed on FNAC. This is a retrospective audit of sinonasal lesions diagnosed on FNAC over a period of 12 years (1998-2009). Out of a total of 79,851 FNACs, 158 (0.2%) were from the sinonasal region. FNAC was non-diagnostic in 20 (12.6%) cases. Infective/inflammatory lesions comprised of 30 (19%) cases including non-specific inflammation (19), fungal infection (7), tuberculosis (2), actinomycosis (1) and filariasis (1). Benign cysts (24; 15.2%) included epidermal inclusion cysts, mucocele and aneurysmal bone cyst. Benign bone tumors (4) comprised of giant cell tumor, fibrous dysplasia, chondroma, and osteoblastoma. Other benign tumors included lipoma (6), hemangioma (5), schwannoma (2), meningioma (1), pleomorphic adenoma (1), sebaceous adenoma (1) and other skin adnexal tumors (3). Malignant epithelial tumors (24; 15.2%) included squamous cell carcinoma (10), basal cell carcinoma (5), poorly differentiated carcinoma (4) and metastatic carcinoma (5). Two cases of chordoma and one case each of dermatofibrosarcoma pertuberance and hemangiopericytoma were seen. Sarcomas included sarcoma, not otherwise specified (4), rhabdomyosarcoma (3), osteosarcoma (2), chondrosarcoma (2), leiomyosarcoma (1), malignant fibrous histiocytoma (1), fibrosarcoma (1) and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (1). There were cases of malignant small round cell tumor (11), non-Hodgkin lymphoma (3), plasmacytoma (2) and malignant melanoma (2). A variety of non-neoplastic and neoplastic conditions can involve the sinonasal region. FNAC is a reliable diagnostic procedure in a good number of cases, especially in the light of clinico-radiological data. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  10. Common avian infection plagued the tyrant dinosaurs.

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    Ewan D S Wolff

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Tyrannosaurus rex and other tyrannosaurid fossils often display multiple, smooth-edged full-thickness erosive lesions on the mandible, either unilaterally or bilaterally. The cause of these lesions in the Tyrannosaurus rex specimen FMNH PR2081 (known informally by the name 'Sue' has previously been attributed to actinomycosis, a bacterial bone infection, or bite wounds from other tyrannosaurids. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We conducted an extensive survey of tyrannosaurid specimens and identified ten individuals with full-thickness erosive lesions. These lesions were described, measured and photographed for comparison with one another. We also conducted an extensive survey of related archosaurs for similar lesions. We show here that these lesions are consistent with those caused by an avian parasitic infection called trichomonosis, which causes similar abnormalities on the mandible of modern birds, in particular raptors. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: This finding represents the first evidence for the ancient evolutionary origin of an avian transmissible disease in non-avian theropod dinosaurs. It also provides a valuable insight into the palaeobiology of these now extinct animals. Based on the frequency with which these lesions occur, we hypothesize that tyrannosaurids were commonly infected by a Trichomonas gallinae-like protozoan. For tyrannosaurid populations, the only non-avian dinosaur group that show trichomonosis-type lesions, it is likely that the disease became endemic and spread as a result of antagonistic intraspecific behavior, consumption of prey infected by a Trichomonas gallinae-like protozoan and possibly even cannibalism. The severity of trichomonosis-related lesions in specimens such as Tyrannosaurus rex FMNH PR2081 and Tyrannosaurus rex MOR 980, strongly suggests that these animals died as a direct result of this disease, mostly likely through starvation.

  11. Common Avian Infection Plagued the Tyrant Dinosaurs

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    Wolff, Ewan D. S.; Salisbury, Steven W.; Horner, John R.; Varricchio, David J.

    2009-01-01

    Background Tyrannosaurus rex and other tyrannosaurid fossils often display multiple, smooth-edged full-thickness erosive lesions on the mandible, either unilaterally or bilaterally. The cause of these lesions in the Tyrannosaurus rex specimen FMNH PR2081 (known informally by the name ‘Sue’) has previously been attributed to actinomycosis, a bacterial bone infection, or bite wounds from other tyrannosaurids. Methodology/Principal Findings We conducted an extensive survey of tyrannosaurid specimens and identified ten individuals with full-thickness erosive lesions. These lesions were described, measured and photographed for comparison with one another. We also conducted an extensive survey of related archosaurs for similar lesions. We show here that these lesions are consistent with those caused by an avian parasitic infection called trichomonosis, which causes similar abnormalities on the mandible of modern birds, in particular raptors. Conclusions/Significance This finding represents the first evidence for the ancient evolutionary origin of an avian transmissible disease in non-avian theropod dinosaurs. It also provides a valuable insight into the palaeobiology of these now extinct animals. Based on the frequency with which these lesions occur, we hypothesize that tyrannosaurids were commonly infected by a Trichomonas gallinae-like protozoan. For tyrannosaurid populations, the only non-avian dinosaur group that show trichomonosis-type lesions, it is likely that the disease became endemic and spread as a result of antagonistic intraspecific behavior, consumption of prey infected by a Trichomonas gallinae-like protozoan and possibly even cannibalism. The severity of trichomonosis-related lesions in specimens such as Tyrannosaurus rex FMNH PR2081 and Tyrannosaurus rex MOR 980, strongly suggests that these animals died as a direct result of this disease, mostly likely through starvation. PMID:19789646

  12. Detection of Actinomyces spp. in cervical exudates from women with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia or cervical cancer.

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    García-García, Alejandra; Coronel-Martínez, Jaime; Leon, David Cantú-de; Romero-Figueroa, María Del Socorro; Caballero-Pantoja, Yolanda Elizabeth; Manzanares-Leal, Gauddy Lizeth; Rodriguez-Morales, Miguel; Sandoval-Trujillo, Horacio; Ramírez-Durán, Ninfa

    2017-06-01

    Under certain circumstances, Actinomyces behaves as an opportunistic microorganism and can cause actinomycosis, a chronic and inflammatory granulomatous infection. The purpose of this project was to detect the presence of Actinomyces in cervical exudates from women with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and women with cervical cancer. Cervical samples from 92 women were divided into three groups: CIN, cervical cancer and healthy women. Metagenomic DNA extraction was performed following the Qiagen QIAamp Mini Kit protocol. A specific fragment (675 bp) was amplified by PCR in order to detect the presence of Actinomycetales. Samples in which Actinomycetales was detected were subjected to separate amplification reactions with primer pairs for A. israelii, A. viscosus, A. meyeri and A. odontolyticus. Amplified products were observed by 2 % agarose gel electrophoresis. Actinomyces were found in 10 % of women with CIN, 36.6 % of women with cervical cancer and 9 % of healthy women. The species identified in this study were A. meyeri in 14/92 samples (15.2 %), A. viscosus in 10/92 samples (10.8 %), A. odontolyticus in 4/92 samples (4.3 %) and A. israelii in 6/92 samples (6.5 %). Patients with cervical cancer had a higher prevalence of the presence of Actinomyces compared to the CIN and control groups. This is the first study in which a deliberate search of this genus has been performed in women with cervical pathologies. The use of specific primers for each species facilitated their detection in comparison with traditional isolation methods. More information is necessary to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in the complex role that bacterial communities may play in the development of cancer (and vice versa).

  13. Different Type 1 Fimbrial Genes and Tropisms of Commensal and Potentially Pathogenic Actinomyces spp. with Different Salivary Acidic Proline-Rich Protein and Statherin Ligand Specificities

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    Li, Tong; Khah, Massoud Kheir; Slavnic, Snjezana; Johansson, Ingegerd; Strömberg, Nicklas

    2001-01-01

    Actinomyces spp. exhibit type 1 fimbria-mediated adhesion to salivary acidic proline-rich proteins (PRPs) and statherin ligands. Actinomyces spp. with different animal and tissue origins belong to three major adhesion types as relates to ligand specificity and type 1 fimbria genes. (i) In preferential acidic-PRP binding, strains of Actinomyces naeslundii genospecies 1 and 2 from human and monkey mouths displayed at least three ligand specificities characterized by preferential acidic-PRP binding. Slot blot DNA hybridization showed seven highly conserved type 1 fimbria genes (orf1- to -6 and fimP) in genospecies 1 and 2 strains, except that orf5 and orf3 were divergent in genospecies 1. (ii) In preferential statherin binding, oral Actinomyces viscosus strains of rat and hamster origin (and strain 19246 from a human case of actinomycosis) bound statherin preferentially. DNA hybridization and characterization of the type 1 fimbria genes from strain 19246 revealed a homologous gene cluster of four open reading frames (orfA to -C and fimP). Bioinformatics suggested sortase (orfB, orf4, and part of orf5), prepilin peptidase (orfC and orf6), fimbria subunit (fimP), and usher- and autotransporter-like (orfA and orf1 to -3) functions. Those gene regions corresponding to orf3 and orf5 were divergent, those corresponding to orf2, orf1, and fimP were moderately conserved, and those corresponding to orf4 and orf6 were highly conserved. Restriction fragment length polymorphism analyses using a fimP probe separated human and monkey and rat and hamster strains into phylogenetically different groups. (iii) In statherin-specific binding, strains of A. naeslundii genospecies 1 from septic and other human infections displayed a low-avidity binding to statherin. Only the orf4 and orf6 gene regions were highly conserved. Finally, rat saliva devoid of statherin bound bacterial strains avidly irrespective of ligand specificity, and specific antisera detected either type 1, type 2, or both

  14. The 12th Edition of the Scientific Days of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases “Prof. Dr. Matei Bals” and the 12th National Infectious Diseases Conference

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    -positive patients admitted in the National Institute for Infectious Diseases “Prof. Dr. Matei Balș” in 2015 Mihaela Ionica, Ramona-Alexandra Zamfir, Alina Cozma, Otilia Elisabeta Benea A100 Title: Epidemiology of Candida oral infections (stomatitis in Romania Sergiu Fendrihan, Ecaterina Scortan, Mircea Ioan Popa A101 Anthrax case series in south-eastern Romania Corneliu P Popescu, Șerban N Benea, Andra E Petcu, Adriana Hristea, Adrian Abagiu, Iuliana A Podea, Raluca E Jipa, Georgeta Ducu, Raluca M Hrișcă, Dragoș Florea, Manuela Nica, Eliza Manea, Simona Merișor, Cristian M Nicolae, Simin A Florescu, Irina M Dumitru, Emanoil Ceaușu, Sorin Rugină, Ruxandra V Moroti A102 Knowledge, risk perception and attitudes of healthcare workers at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases “Prof. Dr. Matei Balș” regarding Ebola Daniela Pițigoi, Teodora Ionescu, Oana Săndulescu, Maria Nițescu, Bogdan Nițescu, Iulia Monica Mustaţă, Sorina Claudia Boldeanu, Florentina Furtunescu, Adrian Streinu-Cercel A103 A case of abdominopelvic actinomycosis with successful short-term antibiotic treatment Diana Gabriela Iacob, Simona Alexandra Iacob, Mihaela Gheorghe A104 A case of pneumonia caused by Raoultella planticola Iulian Diaconescu, Irina Niculescu, Floretina Dumitrescu, Lucian Giubelan A105 Vitamin D deficiency and sepsis in childhood Adriana Slavcovici, Raluca Tripon, Roxana Iubu, Cristian Marcu, Mihaela Sabou, Monica Muntean A106 The clinical and epidemiological aspects and prophylaxis of Lyme disease among patients who presented with tick bites to the Clinical Infectious Disease Hospital “Toma Ciorbă” Ion Chiriac, Tiberiu Holban, Liviu Tazlavanu A107 Drug-resistant tuberculosis in HIV infected patients Raluca Jipa, Eliza Manea, Roxana Cernat, Kezdi Iringo, Andrei Vâță, Manuela Arbune, Teodora Moisil, Adriana Hristea A108 Kidney injury molecule-1 and urinary tract infections Corina-Daniela Ene, Ilinca Nicolae, Roxana Simona Georgescu A109 The impact of