Cutaneous actinomycosis

Cutaneous actinomycosis

Cutaneous actinomycosis is a anaerobic, Gram-positive, filamentous type of bacteria in the genus Actinomyces,[1]:270 invasion of the soft tissue leads to the formation of abnormal channels leading to the skin surface (external sinus tracts) that discharge pale yellow sulfur granules.[2]

This disease is uncommon, and has non-specific clinical features, making it difficult to diagnose.[3]

Cervicofacial, pulmonary/thoracic and gastrointestinal forms exist, yet cervicofacial disease accounts for two-thirds of reported infections.[4]

See also


  1. ^ James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier.  
  2. ^ Patil D, Siddaramappa B, Manjunathswamy BS, Pandit AM, Dastikop S, Fernandes C, Kutre S, Angolkar M (2008). "Primary cutaneous actinomycosis". International Journal of Dermatology 47 (12): 1271–3.  
  3. ^ Roy D, Roy PG, Misra PK (2003). "An interesting case of primary cutaneous actinomycosis". Dermatology Online Journal 9 (5): 17.  
  4. ^ Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. pp. 1103–4.