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Disseminated pulmonary actinomycosis — an unusual presentation

Urszula Nowicka, Katarzyna Modrzewska, Piotr Pasik, Barbara Burakowska, Małgorzata Szołkowska, Elżbieta Wiatr
DOI: 10.5603/PiAP.2014.0006
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Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2014;82(1):32-38.

open access

Vol 82, No 1 (2014)
CASE REPORTS
Submitted: 2013-12-20

Abstract

Actinomycosis is a rare, chronic infectious disease caused by anaerobic Gram-positive bacteria Actinomyces spp. They induces suppurative inflammation in tissues. They live as commensals in the oropharynx, interstitial tract and genital mucosa, causing almost exclusively endogenic infections. Beacause variable clinical course, its chronicity, quite often actinomycosis mimics rather neoplasmatic disease than infection. We present the case of 56-year old male with unusual pulmonary actinomycosis manifestation as bilateral disseminated lung nodules with systemic symptoms, after initial antitubercular treatment. Diagnosis definitely was made of histologic evaluation of lung specimen from surgical biopsy. After 7-month antibacterial treatment we have achived clinical and radiological improvement.

Abstract

Actinomycosis is a rare, chronic infectious disease caused by anaerobic Gram-positive bacteria Actinomyces spp. They induces suppurative inflammation in tissues. They live as commensals in the oropharynx, interstitial tract and genital mucosa, causing almost exclusively endogenic infections. Beacause variable clinical course, its chronicity, quite often actinomycosis mimics rather neoplasmatic disease than infection. We present the case of 56-year old male with unusual pulmonary actinomycosis manifestation as bilateral disseminated lung nodules with systemic symptoms, after initial antitubercular treatment. Diagnosis definitely was made of histologic evaluation of lung specimen from surgical biopsy. After 7-month antibacterial treatment we have achived clinical and radiological improvement.

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Keywords

Actinomyces, pulmonary actinomycosis, disseminated changes, pennicilin

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Title

Disseminated pulmonary actinomycosis — an unusual presentation

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 82, No 1 (2014)

Pages

32-38

DOI

10.5603/PiAP.2014.0006

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2014;82(1):32-38.

Keywords

Actinomyces
pulmonary actinomycosis
disseminated changes
pennicilin

Authors

Urszula Nowicka
Katarzyna Modrzewska
Piotr Pasik
Barbara Burakowska
Małgorzata Szołkowska
Elżbieta Wiatr

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