Thoracic actinomycosis: report of a case.
Arch Argent Pediatr. 2015 Dec 1;113(6):e345-8.
Article in Spanish
Brizuela ME1, Latella A2, Sancho Cano J2, Litterio M3, Berberian G1.
1Servicio de Control Epidemiológico e Infectología, Hospital de Pediatría Prof. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan.
2Servicio de Clínica Pediátrica, Hospital de Pediatría Prof. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan.
3Servicio de Microbiología, Hospital de Pediatría Prof. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires.
Actinomycosis is a disease produced by bacteria of the genus Actinomyces. The thoracic form represents 30% of the cases. Signs and symptoms are generally unspecific. A previously healthy 11 year old girl was admitted with a chest mass of a month of evolution associated with fever, hyporexia and weight loss. Thoracic actinomycosis was diagnosed with the isolation of Actinomyces meyeri in the mass drainage. She received antibiotic treatment for a year with complete resolution. Although rare, it should be taken into account as a differential diagnosis in long evolution thoracic tumor affecting the general condition. The microbiologist must be warned about the suspected diagnosis because it is difficult to find it in routinely used culture media.