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A rare case of ascending colon actinomycosis mimicking cancer.
BMC Gastroenterol 2005; 5:1BG

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Actinomycosis is a rare inflammatory disease caused by an anaerobic bacterium that can rarely affect the large intestine.

CASE PRESENTATION

We present a rare case of a cecum and ascending colon actinomycosis in a 72 years old woman, mimicking clinically a malignant inflammatory tumor of the right colon. The patient complained of right lower quadrant pain. Although our first thought was a peri-appendiceal abscess, CT scan suggested a right colon tumor. The patient underwent a right colectomy and the histological examination of the specimen revealed colon actinomycosis.

CONCLUSIONS

Preoperative diagnosis in colon actinomycosis is difficult to achieve. Treatment of choice is antibiotics administration. A review of the possible pathogenesis and therapeutic modalities is also presented.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Surgery, GP Hospital of Piraeus Tzanion, Tzani & Afentouli str, Pireaus-Athens, Greece. d_filippou@hotmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15631636

Citation

Filippou, Dimitrios, et al. "A Rare Case of Ascending Colon Actinomycosis Mimicking Cancer." BMC Gastroenterology, vol. 5, 2005, p. 1.
Filippou D, Psimitis I, Zizi D, et al. A rare case of ascending colon actinomycosis mimicking cancer. BMC Gastroenterol. 2005;5:1.
Filippou, D., Psimitis, I., Zizi, D., & Rizos, S. (2005). A rare case of ascending colon actinomycosis mimicking cancer. BMC Gastroenterology, 5, p. 1.
Filippou D, et al. A Rare Case of Ascending Colon Actinomycosis Mimicking Cancer. BMC Gastroenterol. 2005 Jan 4;5:1. PubMed PMID: 15631636.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A rare case of ascending colon actinomycosis mimicking cancer. AU - Filippou,Dimitrios, AU - Psimitis,Ioannis, AU - Zizi,Diamanto, AU - Rizos,Spiros, Y1 - 2005/01/04/ PY - 2004/07/19/received PY - 2005/01/04/accepted PY - 2005/1/6/pubmed PY - 2006/2/8/medline PY - 2005/1/6/entrez SP - 1 EP - 1 JF - BMC gastroenterology JO - BMC Gastroenterol VL - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: Actinomycosis is a rare inflammatory disease caused by an anaerobic bacterium that can rarely affect the large intestine. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a rare case of a cecum and ascending colon actinomycosis in a 72 years old woman, mimicking clinically a malignant inflammatory tumor of the right colon. The patient complained of right lower quadrant pain. Although our first thought was a peri-appendiceal abscess, CT scan suggested a right colon tumor. The patient underwent a right colectomy and the histological examination of the specimen revealed colon actinomycosis. CONCLUSIONS: Preoperative diagnosis in colon actinomycosis is difficult to achieve. Treatment of choice is antibiotics administration. A review of the possible pathogenesis and therapeutic modalities is also presented. SN - 1471-230X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15631636/A_rare_case_of_ascending_colon_actinomycosis_mimicking_cancer_ L2 - https://bmcgastroenterol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-230X-5-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -