Ewha Med J.  2014 Dec;37(Suppl):S15-S18. 10.12771/emj.2014.37.S.S15.

Actinomycosis Presented as Acute Appendicitis

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. heechoi@ewha.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Pathology, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Actinomycosis causes a chronic suppurative, granulomatous disease which is characterized by extensive abscess formation, and sulfur granule formation. Actinomycosis may present different clinical forms: cervicofacial, thoracic, abdominal and cerebral actinomycosis. The diagnosis can only be made after surgery. In general, patients with abdominal actinomycosis have undergone abdominal surgery. We report four cases of primary appendiceal actinomycosis presenting as acute appendicitis without history of abdomen surgery.

Keyword

Actinomycosis; Appendicitis
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