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Revista chilena de infectología

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PEREIRA, Nicolás et al. Thoracic actinomycosis in the differential diagnosis of neoplasm: a propos of a case. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2012, vol.29, n.4, pp.455-458. ISSN 0716-1018.

Actinomycosis is an infrequent infection caused by bacteria from Actinomyces genus that manifests as a chronic, suppurative and progressive disease. It's more common in men. Thoracic actinomycosis occurs in 15% of the cases, and infection of the chest wall is less frequent. The clinical presentation mimics tuberculosis or neoplastic processes. In this article we present the case of a 63 year-old man with no comorbidity, with pulmonary actinomycosis involving the chest wall mimicking a neoplastic process, basing the diagnosis on histopathologic findings.

Keywords : Actinomyces spp; thoracic actinomycosis; lung neoplasm.

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