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Pulmonary actinomycosis

  • Alternative Names

    Actinomycosis - pulmonary


    The infection usually comes on slowly. It may be weeks or months before a doctor makes a diagnosis.

    Symptoms include:

    • Chest pain when taking a deep breath
    • Cough with phlegm (sputum)
    • Fever
    • Lethargy
    • Night sweats
    • Shortness of breath
    • Weight loss

    Signs and tests

    Tests that may be done include:

    • Bronchoscopy with culture
    • Complete blood count (CBC)
    • Chest x-ray
    • Chest CT scan
    • Lung biopsy
    • Modified AFB smear of sputum
    • Sputum culture
    • Sputum Gram stain
    • Thoracentesis with culture
    • Tissue culture
    • Tissue and fluid analysis