Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B

, Volume 8, Issue 10, pp 721–724 | Cite as

Pulmonary actinomycosis: a case undergoing resection through video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)

  • Lin Ming-shian 
  • Lin Wea-lung 
  • Luh Shi-ping 
  • Tsao Thomas Chang-yao 
  • Wu Tzu-ching 
Case Report


Actinomycosis is an uncommon disease, which is usually manifested as cervicofacial infection and related to poor oral hygiene or compromised immune function. Pulmonary actinomycosis is rare, but its diagnosis is changing due to its variable presentation and the similarity in appearance to other intrapulmonary diseases. Here we report an 80-year-old man with a solitary pulmonary nodule over the left upper lobe. Pulmonary neoplasm was highly suspected in this patient and thus resection of the mass was undertaken through video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). Histopathological examination demonstrated this patient had an Actinomyeces infection. While the application of VATS in patients with pulmonary actinomycosis has rarely been reported in literature, we conclude that VATS is valuable for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with undetermined pulmonary nodule(s).

Key words

Pulmonary actinomycosis Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) Resection 

CLC number

R445 R655 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lin Ming-shian 
    • 1
  • Lin Wea-lung 
    • 2
  • Luh Shi-ping 
    • 3
  • Tsao Thomas Chang-yao 
    • 4
  • Wu Tzu-ching 
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of MedicineChia-Yi Christian HospitalTaichungChina
  2. 2.Department of PathologyChung-Shan Medical University and HospitalTaichungChina
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryChung-Shan Medical University and HospitalTaichungChina
  4. 4.Department of MedicineChung-Shan Medical University and HospitalTaichungChina

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