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Archive » 2003 » 4 » | Archive » Medical field » Fields » Infectious Diseases »

Actinomycosis

 
Abstract:

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Actinomycosis is a rare, slowly progressive infection caused by Gram-positive anaerobic bac­teria from the Actinomyces genus. The disease is characterized by the formation of abscesses surrounded by dense fibrosis that slowly spread across natural anatomic boundaries. Acti­nomycosis can affect virtually any site in the body, and is commonly confused with a neoplasm. The disease is treated with high doses of antibiotics for a prolonged period of time. In more advanced cases, a combination of an antibiotic and surgical therapy is commonly used.

Authors:
Mateja Pirš, Tatjana Lejko

Keywords:
actinomycosis – classification – diagnosis – therapy, actinomyces

Cite as:
Med Razgl. 2003; 42: 361–8.

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