A year-old woman with a history of rheumatoid arthritis and on immunosuppressive agents presented with a two month history history of. This infection typically occurs following oral surgery or in patients with poor dental hygiene. Cervicofacial actinomycosis is characterized in the. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cervicofacial actinomycosis is uncommon, but without proper treatment it causes extensive tissue destruction. Early diagnosis.

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Privacy Policy Terms of Use. Precipitants for infection include dental caries and mucosal injuries, leading to fistula and abscess formation. Successful treatment of thoracic actinomycosis with ceftriaxone. Open in a separate window. Anaerobic infections of the head and neck. Am J Surg ; Head and neck examination revealed a 4 x 4 cm mass in the right submandibular region, which was tender upon palpation and partially fixed on the deep tissue planes, covered by slightly erythematous skin, but without breakdown associated with the mass.

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Our website uses cookies to cervicofaial your experience. Thus, microbiological identification of this organism is often impossible. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer.

InCope classified actinomycosis infection into three distinct clinical forms: A central neutrophilic, lobulated abscess with round basophilic masses arrowheadand thin basophilic radiating filaments at the periphery actinomycosiz.

Also in the present case, CT was found to be useful in planning the surgical actniomycosis 20 Even if surgery plays an important role both in the diagnosis and treatment of actinomycosis, recurrence following surgery alone is very common, and weeks of high-dose intravenous antibiotics are a fundamental part of treatment, followed by months of oral antibiotics.

In conclusion, although it is a rare infectious cervicofacial disease, actinomycosis of the head and neck represents, among neck masses, an interesting disease, on account of the difficulties involved in the diagnosis.


Diagnosis of culture-positive actinomycosis was based on histopathology findings and the presence of actinomyces colonies. Create a free personal account to make a comment, download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts and more. Kolm Isabel, et al. A history of orofacial trauma, dental manipulations, or infections is often elicited from these patients.

Susceptibility of Actinomyces israelii to antibiotics, sodium hypochlorite and calcium hydroxide. Actinomycosis of tonsil masquerading as tumour in axtinomycosis year-old child. Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account. Current Infect Dis Reports. The first of these manifestations is the most frequent, although fairly uncommon: J Gen Intern Med.

In cervicofacial actinomycosis, which is the most frequent manifestation, infection is frequently the result of oromaxillofacial trauma, dental manipulation or dental caries Self-destruction of abscesses and formation of fistulae are observed in chronic stages.

Actinomyces are Gram-positive, non-acid fast, anaerobic or microaerophilic filamentous branched bacteria, living as commensal organisms in the human oral cavity and respiratory and digestive tracts, becoming invasive when, through a mucosal lesion, they gain access to the subcutaneous tissue. J Oral Maxillofac Surg ; The infection, most commonly, presents as a chronic, often actihomycosis mass, frequently located at the border of the mandible, becoming progressively larger within weeks or months A year-old woman with a history of rheumatoid arthritis and on immunosuppressive agents presented with a two month history history of slowly progressive right facial swelling with recurrent eruptions.

Cervicofacial actinomycosis following jaw pathology – Case Reports

Routine blood tests were normal and PPD was placed which was found to be nonreactive and there was no response to PPD. More commonly, the diagnosis is made via culture or biopsy. Am J Roentgenol ; Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Actinomyces species with 12 antimicrobial agents. Over the last few years, as investigators have been searching for less invasive diagnostic techniques, fine-needle aspiration FNA has become more and more important, since not only does it allow morphologic identification, comparable to that obtained from incisional biopsy, but is also an effective means of collecting material for microbiologic identification 24 — The macroscopic presence of the classic sulfur granules in tissue specimens or drainage may be of some help when making diagnosis, even if these features are not pathognomic, since nocardiosis may also present with sulfur granules Patients with actinomycosis tend to be misdiagnosed with malignancy or granulomatous disease.


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Although Actinomyces rarely involves the lymph nodes, regional lymphadenopathy is sometimes observed. Please review our privacy policy.

Cervicofacial Actinomycosis: Diagnosis and Management.

Several Authors agree that incisional biopsy can be of great help in the diagnosis of actinomycosis, since microscopic examination reveals a typical finding of an outer zone of granulation and a cervicofaciial zone of necrosis which contains multiple basophilic granules, that represent lobulated micro-colonies of Actinomyces 5.

Furthermore, imaging techniques computed tomo-graphy CT and magnetic resonance imaging MRI scan usually yield non-specific findings, contributing only to define radiological features of the mass and its involvement in adjacent soft tissues.

Otolaryngol Clin North Am ;9: Received Nov 19; Accepted Jan 3. Cervicogacial firm, indurated mass, on or near the mandible with associated abscess formation or draining sinus tract, is a typical physical finding in this disease.