Renal Actinomycosis Presented as Emphysematous Pyelonephritis: A Case Report


Yu-Hsiang Lin;Hsiao-Wen Chen;Cheng-Keng Chuang;Kwai-Fong Ng;Hsu-Han Wang

Key Words

emphysematous pyelonephritis ; urolithiasis ; actinomycosis



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

20卷4期(2009 / 12 / 01)

Page #

181 - 183

Content Language


English Abstract

Actinomycosis is a rare anaerobic bacterial infection of humans generally caused by Actinomyces israelii and other anaerobic filaments. Owing to slow growth over long periods of time, it usually presents as a mass lesion mimicking a tumor. Genitourinary actinomycosis is rare, and renal actinomycosis is often misdiagnosed as renal cancer. Diagnosis of actinomycosis mostly relies on demonstrating sulfur granules in pus or histologic analysis of a surgical specimen. Here, we present a case of actinomycosis of the kidney with the clinical presentation of acute emphysematous pyelonephritis.

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