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Surgical treatment for unusual presentations of abdominal actinomycosis: two case reports
The Pan African Medical Journal
Actinomycosis is a rare chronic disease caused by anaerobic Gram-positive Actinomyces species. These bacteria normally colonize the mouth, colon and urogenital tract and mucosal disruption is necessary to lead to infection. Due to its propensity to mimic other diseases, it is often misdiagnosed. It can mimic other conditions such as tuberculosis and malignancy and a preoperative diagnosis is rarely considered. An early diagnosis needs a high level of clinical suspicion and bacterial cultures indoi:10.11604/pamj.2017.28.133.13858 fatcat:qfed7kqdsradfpalsqtzyhuwda