Abdominal actinomycosis in an elderly diabetic

  • Riyasat Ahmed Memon
  • Yusra Shafquat
  • Nausheen Yaqoob
Keywords: Actinomycosis, Elderly Diabetics


Actinomycosis is a rare infectious disease that presents as three entities, cervico-facial, abdominal and genital, with cervico-facial being the commonest. Due to its subacute presentation and indolent course, abdominal actinomycosis is difficult to diagnose and is often confused with malignancy. We present a case of an elderly diabetic with no known other risk factors of the disease with complaints of right sided abdominal swelling and presence of abdominal mass on imaging, diagnosed post operatively as a case of abdominal actinomycosis, on histopathology. Abdominal actinomycosis should be considered in differentials in cases with abdominal masses. Diabetes Mellitus is not an established risk factor for development of abdominal actinomycosis. Studies are required to link its association with the disease.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.ICON-Suppl.1724

How to cite this:
Memon RA, Shafquat Y, Yaqoob N. Abdominal actinomycosis in an elderly diabetic. Pak J Med Sci. Special Supplement ICON 2020. 2020;36(1):S98-S100. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.ICON-Suppl.1724

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