Actinomadura pelletieri mycetoma - an atypical case with spine and abdominal wall involvement

Antonio Cascio, Orazio Romeo, Giuseppe Mandraffino, Rossella Mandraffino, Giuseppe Criseo, Demetrio Delfino, Maurizio Cinquegrani, Antonino Saitta, Antonio Cascio

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We describe a case of mycetoma caused by Actinomadura pelletieri with simultaneousinvolvement of thè spine, abdominal wall and retroperitoneal space in a man who had sufferedfrom 'Madura foot' 10 years earlier. The characteristics of this case were analysed andcontextualized among those of other cases of mycetoma caused by other micro-organisms foundthrough a review of thè international literature. The rarity of thè disease in industrialized countriesand its possible atypical presentations may hinder a prompt diagnosis. Culture techniques thatallow detection of slow-growing fungi and actinomycetes should be routinely used when dealingwith tissue samples from patients from tropical and subtropical regions with chronicgranulomatous infections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-676
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Microbiology
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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