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J Infect. 2012 Oct;65(4):357-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2012.02.016. Epub 2012 Mar 6.

Actinomyces meyeri infection: case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA.


Actinomyces meyeri is an uncommon cause of actinomycosis. We present a patient with pneumonia and empyema due to A. meyeri. The patient underwent open thoracotomy with decortication and was discharged home on a twelve-month course of oral penicillin. Review of the English literature revealed thirty-two cases of infection due to A. meyeri. The majority of patients were male, and a significant number had poor dental hygiene and a history of alcoholism. More than other Actinomyces species, A. meyeri causes pulmonary infection and has a predilection for dissemination. Prognosis is favorable with prolonged penicillin therapy combined with surgical debridement, if needed.

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