A thoracic mass infiltrating the chest wall

A. Petroianni, V. Conti, C. Terzano

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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 grampositive, 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-348
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


  • Actinomycosis
  • Infection
  • Pulmonary
  • Thoracic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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