Actinomyces israelii is a normal inhabitant in the gastrointestinal tract of humans, it rarely causes disease. Abdominal involvement occurs in only 20 percent of all cases and can mimic malignant diseases, tuberculosis and inflammatory bowel disease. A case of a 36 years old female patient with abdominal actinomycosis and review of the literature is reported. Symptoms was presented as an acute abdomen associated with painful epigastric and left subcostal mass. The pathologic process infiltrated the retroperitoneal space simulated sarcoma or lymphoma. Diagnosis was established only at the second laparotomy, when histologic examination of the removed lymph node disclosed actinomycosis. The patient is completely free of symptoms 6 month after the second operation.
|Translated title of the contribution||Abdominal actinomycosis presenting as a malignant tumor--report of a case and review of the literature|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 31 1999|
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