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A Unique Case of Actinomyces turicensis Pulmonary Abscess

Shkolnik, Igor MD; Hassani, Ali MD; Miceli, Marisa MD; Big, Cecilia MD; Bagdasarian, Natasha MD, MPH

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: July 2014 - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - p e37–e38
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e318291c873
Case Reports

To our knowledge, this report describes the first case of Actinomyces turicensis lung abscess in the English-language literature. A female patient presented complaining of a cough for 3 weeks. She was found to have a pulmonary abscess, and her culture demonstrated Actinomyces turicensis. This organism usually colonizes the genitourinary tract and skin, therefore, isolation of this bacterium from the lung suggests that the oropharynx may be an emerging site of colonization. Clinical suspicion of Actinomyces infection needs to be communicated to the laboratory to optimize detection techniques, including growth media and duration of incubation, as correct diagnosis is crucial for appropriate antibiotic treatment.

From the Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center, Dearborn, MI.

Correspondence to: Igor Shkolnik, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Education, Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center, 18101 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48123. E-mail:

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.