Mandibular actinomycosis mimicking tumor recurrence

Mandibular actinomycosis mimicking tumor recurrence Actinomycosis is a rare disease caused by a microorganism of the normal oral flora. Infection is characterized by swollen tissues and sinuses from which pus drains containing characteristic sulfur granules. Since actinomycosis is a tumorous infection of skin and subcutaneous tissue, this chronic lesion can occasionally mimic neoplasia. A male patient is presented; he had a tumor-like lesion of the left mental region that was initially diagnosed as tumor recurrence, but proved to be an Actinomyces infection on histopathologic examination. Excellent therapeutic response was obtained with a combination of antibiotic therapy, surgical debridement, and mandibular curettage. Vestibuloplasty–commissuroplasty was also performed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals
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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-009-0334-7
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Abstract

Actinomycosis is a rare disease caused by a microorganism of the normal oral flora. Infection is characterized by swollen tissues and sinuses from which pus drains containing characteristic sulfur granules. Since actinomycosis is a tumorous infection of skin and subcutaneous tissue, this chronic lesion can occasionally mimic neoplasia. A male patient is presented; he had a tumor-like lesion of the left mental region that was initially diagnosed as tumor recurrence, but proved to be an Actinomyces infection on histopathologic examination. Excellent therapeutic response was obtained with a combination of antibiotic therapy, surgical debridement, and mandibular curettage. Vestibuloplasty–commissuroplasty was also performed.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 1, 2009

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