Home  -  About us  -  Editorial board  -  Search  -  Ahead of print  -  Current issue  -  Archives  -  Instructions  -  Subscribe  -  Contacts  -  Advertise - Login 
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 361-364

Cervicofacial actinomycosis and its management

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vishnu Dental College, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Vini Kaila
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vishnu Dental College, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh
Login to access the Email id

DOI: 10.4103/ams.ams_176_18

PMID: 30693266

Rights and Permissions

Cervicofacial actinomycosis is an invasive destructive infectious syndrome, caused by Gram-positive, branching filamentous bacteria, Actinomyces. Most of the cases are traced to an odontogenic source with periapical abscess and posttraumatic or surgical complications with poor hygiene and immunosuppression as contributing factors. Diagnosis is often delayed because of nonspecific and prolonged symptoms usually mimicking a malignant or a granulomatous lesion. Solitary or multiple abscesses and fistula formation across normal tissue planes accompany chronic draining lesions and may lead to invasion of viscera. Hence, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment is mandatory to reduce morbidity. In this paper, we report two cases of cervicofacial actinomycosis, one presented with intraoral granulomatous lesion treated with surgical curettage and intramuscular penicillin and another case with extraoral swelling and multiple draining sinuses treated with oral antibiotics.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded318    
    Comments [Add]    
    Cited by others 4    

Recommend this journal