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Abdominal actinomycosis: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14653043     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Actinomycosis is an anaerobic infection caused by actinomycetes, which are part of the normal flora in the intestinal, anal and genital tracts. Although the infection is often cured medically with appropriate antimicrobial therapy, diagnosis is usually made surgically. We report the case of a 41 year-old woman with intra-abdominal mass secondary to extensive actinomycosis involving the hepatic flexura. She required emergency surgery during which the mass was excised. A review of the literature on abdominal actinomycosis during the last 20 years is reported. Emergency surgery has been rarely described in this condition. Although the incidence of actinomycosis has decreased, the abdominal form has been observed with increasing frequency: it could be the result of prolonged use of intra-uterine device. Abdominal actinomycosis is an extremely rare infection that can mimic multiple disease processes and requires accurate diagnosis for successful therapy.
A Coban; G Yetkin; A Kebudi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta chirurgica Belgica     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0001-5458     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Chir. Belg.     Publication Date:  2003 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-04     Completed Date:  2004-03-18     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370571     Medline TA:  Acta Chir Belg     Country:  Belgium    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  521-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of General Surgery, Sisli Teaching and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Actinomycosis / surgery*
Peritoneal Diseases / surgery*
Surgical Procedures, Operative / methods

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