Actinomyces turicensis necrotizing soft-tissue infection of the thigh in a diabetic male

Kunal Panwar, Therese M. Duane, Jeffrey M. Tessier, Khushbu Patel, James M. Sanders

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Background: Necrotizing soft-tissue infections are a devastating infection that is rarely caused by Actinomyces spp. Case Report: A 45-year-old obese previously healthy male presented to the emergency department with diabetic ketoacidosis. The patient developed systemic signs of infections and right medial thigh pain subsequently diagnosed as a necrotizing soft-tissue infection. Successful treatment included prompt surgical intervention and initiation of broad-spectrum antimicrobial drugs. Conclusion: Actinomyces turicensis may be the pathogen causing certain necrotizing soft-tissue infections. Clinicians should consider the possibility that this organism represents a true pathogen and not colonization/contamination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-433
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical Infections
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Actinomyces
  • diabetes mellitus
  • necrotizing soft tissue infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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