A case of thoracic mass infiltrating the chest wall mimicking a pulmonary invasive neoplasm is reported. Differential diagnosis and characteristic radiological and histological imaging had a decisive role in the case management. Actinomycosis is caused by a gram-positive, filamentous, microaerophilic bacteria. About 15% of the infections caused by Actinomyces involve the thorax. If not promptly diagnosed and treated thoracic actinomycosis may determine contiguous and systemic involvement. Actinomycosis is an anaerobic-to-microaerophilic bacteria and direct identification and isolation are difficult to obtain. In depth discussion diagnostic and therapeutic features are described in this report.
Corresponding Author: Angelo Petroianni, MD; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgFree PDF Download
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A. Petroianni, V. Conti, C. Terzano
A thoracic mass infiltrating the chest wall
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 15 - N. 3