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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31824f8c34
Case Reports

Kidney Actinomycosis, A Rare Diagnosis That Can Mimic Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Manasanch, Elisabet Esteve MD*; Grivas, Petros D. MD, PhD; Walter, Otto MD; Davaro, Raul MD§

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Abstract

Abstract: Actinomycosis of the kidney is a rare bacterial infection, which poses a diagnostic challenge. Because the diagnosis can mimic a renal tumor, excision is often the diagnostic and therapeutic option. We describe the first case of renal actinomycosis in a woman with previously diagnosed renal cell carcinoma of the contralateral kidney. In contrast to most cases, sparing of her only functioning kidney was the priority that prompted a conservative diagnostic approach and treatment, as equally effective as surgery.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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