Primary endobronchial actinomycosis in association with foreign body aspiration

P. V. Dicpinigaitis, I. J. Bleiweiss, D. J. Krellenstein, K. P. Halton, A. S. Teirstein

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A 66-year-old diabetic man presented with a bilobar pneumonia two months after aspiration of a chicken bone. Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy demonstrated a mass in the bronchus intermedius. Histologic examination of endobronchial biopsy specimens revealed bone fragments, vegetable matter, and sulfur granules containing Actinomyces organisms. The patient responded to bronchoscopic removal of the foreign body and penicillin therapy. To our knowledge, the association of actinomycotic infection with an aspirated endobronchial foreign body has not previously been reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-285
Number of pages3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Dicpinigaitis, P. V., Bleiweiss, I. J., Krellenstein, D. J., Halton, K. P., & Teirstein, A. S. (1992). Primary endobronchial actinomycosis in association with foreign body aspiration. Chest, 101(1), 283-285.