Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology / 2006 / Article

Gynecology Case Report | Open Access

Volume 2006 |Article ID 048269 |

Jennifer Y. McElroy, Marsha E. Gorens, Lisa N. Jackson, Danielle Stigger, Teresa Becker, Eyal Sheiner, "Actinomyces israelii May Produce Vulvar Lesions Suspicious for Malignancy", Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 2006, Article ID 048269, 3 pages, 2006.

Actinomyces israelii May Produce Vulvar Lesions Suspicious for Malignancy

Received27 Nov 2005
Accepted02 Feb 2006
Published05 Apr 2006


Background. We present a case of Actinomyces israelii causing vulvar mass suspicious for malignancy in a postmenopausal woman. Case. A 60 year-old woman presented due to a firm, nonmobile, 10 cm vulvar mass, which had been rapidly enlarging for 5 months. The mass was painful, with localized pruritus and sinus tracts oozing of serosanguinous fluid. Biopsy and cultures revealed a ruptured epidermal inclusion cyst containing granulation tissue and Actinomyces israelii. Conclusion. Actinomyces israelii may produce vulvar lesions that are suspicious for malignancy. Thus, biopsies and cultures are both mandatory while evaluating vulvar masses suspicious for malignancy.


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