Thoracic actinomycosis in children: Case report and review of the literature

Allison H. Bartlett, Andreana L. Rivera, Rajesh Krishnamurthy, Carol J. Baker

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Thoracic actinomycosis is uncommon, indolent, and often not considered in children with chest wall masses, pneumonia, or empyema. We present a 27-month-old girl without risk factors for thoracic actinomycosis whose initial diagnosis was malignancy. She recovered completely after lobectomy, debridement, and antimicrobial therapy. Literature review since 1975 identified 54 additional cases; most were male, older, and had underlying risk factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008


  • Actinomycosis
  • Disease management
  • Infection
  • Pediatric
  • Thoracic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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