Actinomycosis: A Cause of Pulmonary and Mediastinal Mass Lesions in Children

Stanley M. Spinola, R. Alan Bell, Frederick W. Henderson

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Two patients with intrathoracic actinomycosis were examined. One child was asymptomatic and had a slowly expanding lesion in the left upper lobe. The other child had a chronic illness with back pain, weight loss, amenorrhea, and a posterior mediastinal mass. Establishing the cause of these lesions and making the distinction between a neoplastic process and infection were particularly difficult in both cases. Intrathoracic actinomycosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of pulmonary and mediastinal mass lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-339
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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