Primary Cutaneous Actinomycosis of the Scalp in a Child

Franklin, Jeremy Alan MD, FAAP*; Kordestani, Rouzbeh K. MD, MPH†; Regeuira, Osvaldo MD‡

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: May 2008 - Volume 16 - Issue 3 - pp 201-203
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31815c5e95
Case Reports

Abstract: Actinomycosis is an uncommon chronic suppurative bacterial infection. Clinical manifestations include cervicofacial, thoracic, abdominal, pelvic, and cutaneous forms. Primary cutaneous actinomycosis is extremely rare and is usually associated with external trauma. We report an unusual case of a 9-year-old boy who developed primary cutaneous actinomycosis of the scalp 5 years after cranial trauma.

*Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease, Department of Pediatrics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock; †Department of Surgery and ‡Department of Pediatrics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo, TX.

This study was reviewed by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Institutional Review Board and determined to be exempt from formal institutional review board review.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Jeremy Alan Franklin, MD, FAAP, Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease, Department of Pediatrics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Lubbock, 3601 4th St, Lubbock, TX 79430. E-mail: Jeremy.Franklin@ttuhsc.edu.

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