Actinomycosis

  • Alternative Names

    Lumpy jaw


    Symptoms
    • Draining sores in the skin, especially on the chest wall from lung infection with Actinomyces
    • Fever
    • Minimal or no pain
    • Swelling or a hard, red to reddish-purple lump on the face or upper neck
    • Weight loss

    See also: Neck lumps


    Signs and tests
    • Culture of the tissue or fluid shows Actinomyces species.
    • Examination of drained fluid under a microscope shows "sulfur granules" in the fluid. They are yellowish granules made of clumped organisms.
    • Examination under a microscope shows the Actinomyces species of bacteria.