Journal Article

Abdominal Abscesses Due to Actinomycosis after Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: Case Reports and Review

Jatin M. Vyas, Anne Kasmar, Hernan R. Chang, Judith Holden and Elizabeth Hohmann

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 44, issue 2, pages e1-e4
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/510077
Abdominal Abscesses Due to Actinomycosis after Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: Case Reports and Review

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We describe 2 patients who presented to a health care facility with abdominal abscesses years after undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy that was complicated by gallstone spillage. In both patients, sample cultures yielded Actinomyces species and enteric organisms. In 1 patient, crystallographic analysis of abscess debris confirmed the presence of gallstones. Actinomyces species is a rare cause of abdominal abscesses that should be considered in this patient population.

Journal Article.  1921 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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