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Otorinolaringologia 2006 June;56(2):107-10

Copyright © 2006 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

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Actinomycosis of the retropharyngeal space. Case report

Pelucchi S. 1, Bianchini C. 1, Amoroso C. 1, Grandi E. 2, Pastore A. 1

1 Department of Medical and Surgical Specialities Otorhinolaryngology Unity University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy 2 Department of Pathology and Oncology Anatomy and Histophatological Unit University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy


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Actinomyces are saprophytic bacteria of the oral cavity. They can produce a rare, chronic, and suppurative process that usually originates from teeth and mandible and then involve the cervical region, especially the sub-mandibular area. We described the first case of actinomycosis occurring in the retropharyngeal space and the literature review.

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