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Z Gastroenterol. 2000 May;38(5):375-9.

[Actinomycosis of the pelvis with an indwelling IUD].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Abteilung Innere Medizin II, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus M√ľnchen-Pasing.


Infection with actinomycosis israeli (an anaerobic, gram-positive bacterium) presents as chronic inflammation with tendency to fibrosis and suppuration with formation of external sinuses. Cervicofacial, thoracic and abdominal forms of the disease made up 95% of cases of actinomycosis. A 53-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital because of a pelvic mass which was thought to be malignant. A laparotomy was performed and the histologic examination showed actinomycosis. The patient first received penicillin followed by tetracyclin and the pelvic mass shrunk. One year later no more mass was detectable. We think that the IUP in place over years is the source for this infection.

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