More than Valley Fever: Pulmonary Actinomycosis and Coccidioidomycosis Co-infection in a Patient
  • Abuzar Asif
    Department of Internal Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, USA
  • Moni Roy
    Department of Internal Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, USA
  • Sharjeel Ahmad
    Section of Infectious Diseases, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, USA

Keywords

Actinomyces, actinomycosis, Coccidioides, coccidioidomycosis, co-infection

Abstract

Pulmonary coccidioidomycosis and pulmonary actinomycosis are unheard of as co-pathogens. Infection with these organisms on their own can mimic lung cancer, thus presenting a diagnostic challenge. We present the case of a 75-year-old woman presenting with haemoptysis with a chest CT chest finding of a lung mass suggestive of lung cancer. A diagnosis of concomitant infection by Coccidioides posadasii/immitis and Actinomyces odontolyticus was made based on culture and histopathology results. The patient was successfully treated with a combination of antifungal and antibacterial therapy. This is the first reported case of co-infection by these two microorganisms.

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    Published: 2021-07-01
    Issue: 2021: Vol 8 No 7 (view)


    How to cite:
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    Asif A, Roy M, Ahmad S. More than Valley Fever: Pulmonary Actinomycosis and Coccidioidomycosis Co-infection in a Patient . EJCRIM 2021;8 doi:10.12890/2021_002664.

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