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Pulmonary actinomycosis masquerading as lung cancer: a case report


Boo, Yang Liang and How, Kang Nien and Pereira, Decena Shamini and Chin, Pek Woon and Kan, Foong Kee and Lim, Suat Yee (2017) Pulmonary actinomycosis masquerading as lung cancer: a case report. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 72 (4). pp. 246-247. ISSN 0300-5283


Pulmonary actinomycosis is a rare yet important and challenging diagnosis to make. It is commonly confused with other lung diseases, such as tuberculosis and bronchogenic carcinoma, leading to delay diagnosis or misdiagnosis. A 49-year-old man presented with a chronic cough, hemoptysis, and pleuritic chest pain. His initial imaging studies including computed tomography (CT) was suggestive of bronchogenic carcinoma. A subsequent CTguided biopsy was consistent with pulmonary actinomycosis and excluded the possibility of bronchogenic carcinoma. He was treated with antibiotic therapy and achieved remission with complete radiological resolution upon follow-up.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Publisher: Malaysia Medical Association
Keywords: Pulmonary actinomycosis; Lung malignancy; Bronchogenic carcinoma
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2018 03:46
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2018 03:46
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/59569
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