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A Case of Tongue Actinomycosis
Sun-Man Park1, Cheol-Hong Kim1, Young-Jin Kim1, Jae-Hyun Kim1, Heungjeong Woo1, In-Gyu Hyun1, Jung-Weon Shim2, and Jae-Jung Lee3
Departments of 1Internal Medicine, 2Pathology, and 3General Surgery, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Vol.43 Num.1 (p72~75)
Actinomyces israelii is a normal flora of the oral cavity and gastrointestinal tract, and can cause chronic suppurative granuloma. We report here on a case of tongue actinomycosis. The patient was a 71-year old woman who had undergone surgery for rectal cancer 4 years previously. During the follow-up study using PETCT, hypermetabolic activities were recognized at the lung hilum, mediastinum and tongue base. Bronchoscopic biopsy sample of the tongue base ulcer revealed histopathologically sulfur granule and aggregations of filamentous bacteria was diagnosed as actinomycosis of the tongue.
Keywords : Actinomycosis, Tongue