pulmonary actinomycosis

pulmonary actinomycosis

Infectious disease An infection by Actinomyces israelii or related actinomycetes, involving chest, mouth, and pelvis, often linked to poor dental hygiene and oral abscesses; in the thoracic cavity, it causes cavities in the lung and pleural effusion, and may spread through the chest wall via sinus tract formation
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Pulmonary actinomycosis is a rare chronic infection and may cause cavitary lung lesions, lung nodules, or a pleural effusion.
Pulmonary actinomycosis in fine needle aspiration cytology.
To our knowledge, our case is the first report of both orbital and pulmonary actinomycosis. All previously reported cases were only orbital actinomycosis.
Pulmonary actinomycosis, which can mimic a bronchogenic carcinoma [30], may present as a persistent pulmonary mass or consolidation with cavitations [41].
Although pulmonary actinomycosis is thought to be more prevalent in developing countries, data from developing countries are scanty.
(9,24) Melgarejo Moreno et al (19) described the case of a woman with diabetes who presented with a 2-month history of hoarseness and cough, and Fernandez (24) reported the case of a 30-year-old woman with an actinomycotic lesion of the vocal fold and secondary pulmonary actinomycosis.
Pulmonary actinomycosis. Fine needle aspiration diagnostic.
Pulmonary actinomycosis usually results from aspiration of infected material containing actinomyces.
Matthiessen et al., "Medical management of pulmonary actinomycosis: data from 49 consecutive cases," Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, vol.
Pulmonary actinomycosis accounts for 15-20% total incidence of actinomycosis [3].

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