Canadian Respiratory Journal

Canadian Respiratory Journal / 2012 / Article

Clinico-Pathologic Conferences | Open Access

Volume 19 |Article ID 502041 | 3 pages |

Unexpected Positron Emission Tomography-Positive Actinomyces-Related Mass of the Bronchial Stump


Pulmonary actinomycosis is a rare disease frequently misdiagnosed, even by experienced clinicians, as primary or metastatic lung cancer or as other more conventional lung infections. It is often an unexpected disease that is basically detected only on cytological/histological examination. A case involving a patient who presented with a mass in the bronchial stump (of a previous pulmonary lobectomy) is described. Despite a strong suspicion of recurrent lung cancer, positron emission tomography confirmed a diagnosis of a suture-related bronchial actinomycosis.

Copyright © 2012 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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