Thoracic and abdominopelvic actinomycosis

  • K Spiegel
  • E Joseph


Actinomycosis is a chronic infection caused by Gram-positive anaerobic bacteria which is found worldwide. Common features of actinomycosis infections include abscess formation, granulation, dense fibrous tissue formation, and the classical cutaneous sinuses with yellow/sulphur granular discharge. However some of the features may be nonspecific and the absence of classical features may delay the diagnosis. Since actinomycosis responds well to various antibiotic treatments, with or without surgical intervention it is worthwhile including actinomycosis infection in the differential diagnosis. We present radiological findings for 4 patients presenting with different forms of thoracic and abdominopelvic actinomycosis infection, and a short review of the documented literature findings.

South African Journal of Radiology Vol. 9 (4) 2005: pp. 4-7

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