Severe Actinomyces israelii infection involving the entire spinal cord.

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Severe Actinomyces israelii infection involving the entire spinal cord.

Scand J Infect Dis. 2006;38(3):211-3

Authors: Gaïni S, Røge BT, Pedersen C, Pedersen SS, Brenøe AS

A case of severe spinal infection with Actinomyces israelii is presented. A 38-y-old male was admitted with symptoms of infection and neurological symptoms. Magnetic resonance imaging showed extensive affection involving the entire spinal cord. Cultures of the cerebrospinal fluid revealed Actinomyces israelii. The patient was treated with long term penicillin G followed by amoxicillin. The patient recovered with severe neurological sequelae.

PMID: 16500784 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]