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A Rare case of primary actinomycosis of the breast caused by Actinomyces viscosus: diagnosis by fine-needle aspiration cytology under ultrasound guidance

Capobianco, Giampiero and Dessole, Salvatore and Becchere, Maria Paola and Profili, Stefano Giorgio Filippo and Cosmi, Erich and Cherchi, Pier Luigi and Meloni, Giovanni Battista (2005) A Rare case of primary actinomycosis of the breast caused by Actinomyces viscosus: diagnosis by fine-needle aspiration cytology under ultrasound guidance. The Breast Journal, Vol. 11 (1), p. 57-59. eISSN 1524-4741. Article.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1075-122X.2005.21613.x

Abstract

We report the case of a 27-year-old woman with primary actinomycosis of the breast. Diagnosis was established by culture examination of specimen recovered by fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) under ultrasound guidance. To our knowledge, this is the first description in the literature of a case of primary actinomycosis of the breast caused by Actinomyces viscosus. Twenty-nine previous cases of primary actinomycosis of the breast have been published, but these were caused by the more common species Actinomyces israelii. Targeted antibiotic therapy did not ameliorate the condition, thus drainage and excision of the mass were carried out. No other medical therapy was administered. Six years after surgery, no recurrence has been observed on both ultrasonographic and mammographic examinations.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:2422
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Breast, fine-needle aspiration cytology, primary actinomycosis
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/40 Ginecologia e ostetricia
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 03 Istituti > Scienze radiologiche
001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Neuroscienze, scienze materno infantili
Publisher:Blackwell / Wiley
eISSN:1524-4741
Copyright Holders:© 2005 Blackwell
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:07

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