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Atherosclerotic vascular disease is more common in diabetics and the resulting ischaemia may also contribute substantially to the ulceration of the feet or legs order genuine nolvadex on-line pregnancy 4-5 weeks. There is also a depressed ability to cope with infections purchase nolvadex 10 mg visa pregnancy hotline, and infection of the ulcer- ated area usually complicates such lesions in diabetics. Wounds in diabetics also tend to heal more slowly, turning any minor injury of the foot into a serious health risk. Their clinical appearance and lipid composition depend on the type of lipid abnormality. In diabetes, there is usually a mixed hyperlipidaemia in which both cholesterol and triglycerides are elevated. When the lipid levels are very elevated, eruptive xanthomata may develop in which numerous, small, yellow-pink papules appear anywhere, but especially on extensor surfaces (Fig. Skin infection and pruritus As mentioned above, diabetics appear particularly susceptible to skin infections. Monilial infection is a particular problem and monilial vulvovaginitis and bal- anoposthitis are common. These are ‘itchy disorders’ and it may be that this is how it came to be believed that diabetics can develop generalized itch. In fact, there is little evidence that diabetes is responsible for generalized itch. The underlying veins can be easily seen and the skin has a ‘transparent’ quality (Fig. The thinning is due to the suppressive action of glucocorticoids on the growth and synthetic activity of dermal fibroblasts and the epidermis. These are band-like atrophic areas that develop in areas of maximal stress on the skin. They also occur in most pregnant women on the thighs, breasts, 288 Androgenization (virilization) Figure 19. It is thought that both tissue ten- sion and the level of circulating glucocorticoids are important in the produc- tion of striae. Steroid acne lesions are more uniform in appearance than adoles- cent acne and consist predominantly of small papules with few comedones. The increased pigmentation may be particularly evident on the buccal mucosa and in the palmar creases. Androgenization (virilization) This disorder of women is due to androgen-secreting tumours of the ovaries or the adrenal cortex, but is usually due to polycystic ovaries in which there is an 289 Systemic disease and the skin Figure 19. Increased hair growth is also a major complaint of patients with androgeniza- tion. Vellus hair on forearms, thighs and trunk is transformed to pigmented, thick, terminal hairs. The appearance of beard hair is usually the reason for patients attending the clinic (Fig. In clinical practice, the most common problem is to distinguish hirsutes due to androgenization from hirsutes due to non-endocrine causes. It is not generally recognized that the presence of some terminal hair on the face or limbs of some otherwise healthy women is normal. This is particularly the case in dark-complexioned women of Arab, Asian or Mediterranean descent. Thinning of the scalp hair and pattern alopecia are also quite common and very distressing to women with virilization. In authentic virilization, the following features help distinguish the condition from ‘non-endrocrine’ hirsutes: ● the excess hair is recent in onset and progressively becoming more noticeable ● the hirsutes is accompanied by other physical signs including acne and seborrhoea ● there is significant menstrual disturbance. In most cases, extensive investigation is not appropriate and plasma testosterone and abdominal ultrasound are all that are required. It is essential for growth and development, resistance to infection, reproduc- tion and visual function. In deficiency states, it causes follicular hyperkeratosis and roughening of the skin (phrynoderma). When excessive amounts are ingested, pruritus, widespread erythema and peeling of the palms and soles occur. Deficiency causes the condition of pellagra, resulting in diarrhoea, dementia and a pho- tosensitivity dermatitis. The photosensitivity dermatitis develops a character- istic post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and is often very marked around the neck. Deficiency results in scurvy, which causes a clotting defect and poor wound healing. A char- acteristic rash seen in patients with scurvy consists of numerous tiny haemor- rhages around hair follicles. In addition, the hair becomes reddish during the time of the deficiency – the so- called flag sign. Skin and the gastrointestinal tract There are numerous interrelationships between the skin and the gastrointestinal tract, and only the more important ones fall within the scope of a book of this size. Small-bowel mucosal biopsy demonstrates partial villous atrophy in some 70–80 per cent of patients with dermatitis herpetiformis. This gut dis- order is, in fact, a form of gluten enteropathy (as is coeliac disease) and can be improved by a gluten-free diet. Hepatic disease In severe chronic hepatocellular liver failure, hypoalbuminaemia occurs, which results in the curious sign of whitening of the fingernails (Fig. These vascular anomalies consist of a central ‘feeding’ blood vessel (‘the body’) with numerous fine radiating ‘legs’. Their cause is uncertain, but they may be related to the plasma levels of unconjugated oestrogens. In biliary cirrhosis, severe pruritus develops, resulting in excoriations and prurigo papules. Systemic causes of pruritus ● End-stage renal failure (uraemia) often causes persistent severe itch. For some curious reason, the itch may be a particular problem when these patients have a bath. Diabetics are prone to candidiasis, which causes perigenital itch, and it is possible that this is how the idea began. Summary ● Certain skin disorders are precipitated by an ● Necrolytic migratory erythema is a persistent, underlying malignancy. These include acanthosis erosive, migratory rash associated with excess nigricans, erythema gyratum repens, acquired glucagon secretion from a pancreatic alpha cell ichthyosis and necrolytic migratory erythema. Addison’s disease, caused by destruction of the ● Dermatomyositis, bullous pemphigoid and the adrenal cortex. Erythema gyratum repens androgenization (virilization), with increased limb is an odd erythematous rash with a ‘wood-grain’ and facial hair, seborrhoea and acne.

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In contrast, informed as to which participants received the newer technique—ThinPrep Pap test—results placebo and which vaccine. Thrush resembles creamy white curd- people would take risks, regardless of admoni- like patches on the tongue and inside the mouth, tions to the contrary. These white patches can In the United States, two of three participants in be rubbed off. Therefore, determining which sexual will help steer decisions about future development partner was the disease carrier often is hard. Deformities of ThinPrep Pap smear The ThinPrep is believed to the teeth can result from congenital syphilis in its be an improvement on the standard Pap smear, late stage if this disease is untreated. These charac- which is used to screen for abnormal changes that teristic deformities of the teeth are called Hutchin- point to cervical cancer. In view of the fact that tage of the old Pap smear is that other elements col- many sexually active people do not use condoms lected (blood, mucus, inflammation) are included consistently or correctly, many drug companies toxoplasmosis 211 have worked to make available a new class of Prevention guidelines for those who are preg- products that can serve as viable options. Some of nant or have a severely weakened immune system these are now being tested. Many health care professionals believe that a you test positive, your doctor will prescribe vaginal microbicide that women can use is needed medication if that is necessary to prevent the worldwide and should be a research priority. If you test nega- tive, then it is wise to take precautions to pre- toxoplasmosis Found throughout the world, a vent infection. If she tests beings by means of undercooked meat, other con- positive, she most likely does not need to worry taminated foods, contaminated soil, or handling of about passing the infection to her infant because cat litter. In most cases, a person with toxoplasmo- the positive test result means she has already sis has mild to severely enlarged lymph nodes as been exposed. Sometimes the disease causes Toxoplasma during pregnancy or shortly before, flulike symptoms: muscle aches, pain, and fever. After that more than 60 million Americans have the Tox- going inside, wash your hands with soap and oplasma species parasite, few of these people have warm water. Carefully wash kitchen utensils and Often a person is infected by inadvertently swal- cutting boards that raw meat has touched. Another route is putting hands to mouth after touching raw or partly cooked meat (pork, lamb, • Avoid handling stray cats. In rare instances, • Do not change a litter box if a healthy or non- toxoplasmosis is contracted as a result of a transfu- pregnant person can do this for you. Wash your to mothers who are first exposed to Toxoplasma hands carefully after cleaning the box. Unfortunately, you will not know low-green), vaginal or vulvar redness, painful or whether your cat is passing this parasite, and your frequent urination, lower abdominal pain, and dis- cat can be reinfected. The problems appear Treatment for toxoplasmosis may or may not be within five to 28 days of exposure. Typically, if a person is healthy and is woman is going to have symptoms, she has them not pregnant, there is no need for treatment within six months of being infected. Sometimes because toxoplasmosis is a self-correcting condi- the symptoms are worse after menstruation. Medication is used for pregnant women and Men, on the other hand, rarely have symptoms. Testing This problem led to improved screening of blood and To test for trichomoniasis, a health care provider blood products, and today the likelihood of contract- does a physical examination and a lab test. Trichomonas vaginalis The flagellated protozoan For diagnosis of trichomoniasis, a doctor collects that causes trichomoniasis. This is either sent to a lab or examined under a microscope in the doctor’s office to check trichomoniasis Commonly called “trich,” a sexu- for the presence of Trichomonas species. In men, the ally transmitted disease that produces an estimated parasite is often hard to detect. Mainly an infec- Both sex partners need to be treated even when tion of the urogenital tract, it usually occurs in cer- there are no symptoms (men can transmit the tain sites—the urethra in men and vagina in disease to sex partners). It is pronounced “trick-oh-moe-nye-uh- niasis is treated with antibiotics—usually a single sis. The individual taking this drug should not drink Cause alcoholic beverages (which may cause nausea Trichomoniasis is caused by the single-celled proto- and vomiting). It is spread infected men may disappear without treatment, through penis-to-vagina intercourse or vulva-to- but this is deceptive because a man with tri- vulva contact with an infected partner. A female chomoniasis can still infect female partners until can contract this disease from an infected man or he has been treated and cured. Therefore, it is woman, but men usually contract it from infected important for both partners to be treated at the women only. Women are more likely to have same time to eliminate the parasite, and a couple symptoms than are men, but both the woman and should not have sex until treatment has ended and her sexual partners must be treated. If a person is treated but remains infected, the Symptoms doctor usually prescribes the same drug at a higher It is not unusual for a person with trichomoniasis dose and for a longer period—or more than one to have no symptoms. To prevent reinfection dur- symptoms, these may include burning, itching, ing treatment, one should avoid sexual inter- frothy and smelly vaginal discharge (gray or yel- course entirely. Also, someone who has had trichomoniasis A pregnant woman with trichomoniasis may should be aware that she or he can still be infected experience premature rupture of the mem- again. Treatment is necessary for any infant, child, September 12, 2000), examined the molecular epi- or teen who has trichomoniasis. Researchers noted possible that trichomoniasis may be transmitted by that the Trinidad V3 consensus sequence “differs by infected sheets and towels, so it is a good idea not a single amino acid from the prototype B V3 con- to share these items with someone who is infected. Sexually active individuals need to know that condoms do not provide complete protection tubal ligation An operation, also referred to as against all sexually transmitted disease; that is having the “tubes tied,” that is performed on a because sores, lesions, and infective organisms may woman’s fallopian tubes to make her unable to occur in places that a condom does not cover, and conceive. After a tubal ligation, she should not be thus the partner can be exposed to the infection. This means of contraception Another caveat for prevention is to limit the is considered permanent, but in very rare cases number of sex partners and avoid alternating part- there are failures and a woman does get pregnant. The best course of action is sexual abstinence or sexual activity limited to one uninfected partner. A person who believes infection may have tubal pregnancy Also known as an ectopic preg- occurred should avoid sexual contact and see a nancy, a pregnancy implanted accidentally in the doctor for treatment. Some 214 tuberculosis sexually transmitted diseases enhance the likeli- skin on the arm.

Testing for chlamydia should be offered to the • Ensure that contact tracing has taken place if the following groups: person has arranged to contact their partner Module 7 purchase nolvadex with paypal women's health issues in the 19th century, Part I Page 205 Gonorrhoea themselves buy generic nolvadex women's health bikini body meal plan. Gonorrhoea infects the Nursing care mucous membranes of the urogenital tract, oro- See Appendix 4. Modes of transmission Sexual transmission Through vaginal and insertive and receptive anal sex. Untreated opthalmitis may lead to conjunctival destruction, corneal ulceration and blindness. Treatment is with ceftriaxone 50 mg/kg (max 125 mg) in a single intramuscular dose. In many industrialized countries, there has been an overall decline in the incidence of gonorrhoea over the last decade. Reported gonorrhoea in Sweden and Norway has declined from 10 000 cases each in 1981 to almost zero in 2000. Reports from France and the United Kingdom in 2000 have shown an increase in gonorrhoea since 1997, particularly in men, with suggestions of an increase in high risk Page 206 Module 7, Part I sexual behaviour, especially in gay men. In men: Rectal gonorrhoea in men is associated with It is reported that the burden of gonorrhoea in receptive anal sex. It is most commonly developed countries tends to fall on deprived, inner asymptomatic, but clinical features may include: city populations. Over 90% of gonococcal • Menorrhagia infections in the pharynx are asymptomatic and • Mucopurulent cervical discharge have a spontaneous cure rate of nearly 100% after • Xervical erythema 12 weeks of infection. Urethral gonorrhoea; incubation is 1–14 days or • Ectopic pregnancy (see previous notes). It is treatable • Sysuria with antibiotics, but may require surgery to drain • Less commonly, epididymal tenderness or swelling the abscess. It occurs Rectal infection in women can occur after receptive within 7 to 30 days after transmission. Features anal sex but is also associated with perineal include acute arthritis, tenosynovitis, dermatitis, contamination with cervical secretions where no or a combination of the three. It is estimated that 35– 50% of women with gonococcal cervicitis also have Complications in men infected rectal mucosa. Rectal gonorrhoea in • Epididymitis, a unilateral testicular pain and women is usually asymptomatic. Male urethral swab • 15–19 year olds at particularly high risk • Low socioeconomic status • Past history of gonorrhoe • Early onset of sexual activity Prognosis Gonorrhoea generally remains localised to the initial sites of infection. The complications of gonorrhoea leading to serious morbidity are commoner in areas where access to diagnosis and treatment is more difficult. Diagnosis Diagnosis is made by identification of the organism Neisseria gonorrhoea at the site of infection Diagram 6. Female urethral swab through: • Microscopy; direct visualization of Gram stained specimens allows diagnosis of gonorrhoea when Gram negative diplococci are seen within polymorphonuclear leucocytes. Rectal gonorrhoea is more likely to be diagnosed through microscopy if a proctoscope has been used to collect the sample. Speculum examination and tests Worldwide, resistant strains have developed to penicillins and quinolones. Antibiotics for Swab Cervix Cervical swab being taken gonorrhoea should be selected to clear over 95% of infection in the local area. Ceftriaxone has been used worldwide effectively as a single dose with as yet no noted resistance. Speculum Co-infection with chlamydia trachomatis Up to 40% of adults with genital gonorrhoea infection also have chlamydia. Treating for both infections simultaneously after a diagnosis of Cervical swab gonorrhoea is made is recommended. Cervical smear Screening Testing for gonorrhoea should be offered to the following groups: Methods of treatment • patients with signs or symptoms attributable to Uncomplicated genital infection gonorrhoea; Ceftriaxone 250 mg intramuscularly as a single • individuals attending sexual health clinics; dose; Ciprofloxacin 500 mg as a single oral dose; • anyone diagnosed with another sexually Ampicillin 2 g or 3 g plus Probenecid 1 g orally as transmitted infection; and a single dose in regions where penicillin resistance • sexual partners of patients with gonorrhoea. Ceftriaxone 250 mg intra- urethral infection muscularly as a single dose; Cefotaxime 500 mg See Appendix 2 for partner management. Other Eastern European countries including Module 7, Part I Page 209 Contact tracing of men and women with asymptomatic infection and infection at other sites Trace all sexual partners in the three months preceding the diagnosis. Follow-up Patients diagnosed with gonorrhoea should be seen again after treatment has been completed in order to assess efficacy of treatment. In some sources, retesting is only recommended if an unusual treatment regime has been used. Nursing care and the role of the primary health care team, and of the hospital/community setting, see Appendices 4 and 5. Page 210 Module 7, Part I Syphilis Definition the Slovak Republic and Finland have reported a Syphilis is caused by the infectious organism rise in cases since the early 1990s as well as parts of Treponema pallidum. Modes of transmission Manifestations of syphilis Sexual transmission These vary depending upon the stage of infection. Early Syphilis Vertical transmission Includes primary, secondary and early latent Untreated early syphilis in pregnant women will syphilis. One third of untreated Primary Syphilis vertically-transmitted episodes will result in • Incubation period between 9–90 days (usually stillbirth. Treatment for congenital sites: penis, anal canal, labia, fourchette, cervix, (less syphilis is with procaine penicillin. Less common routes of transmission include kissing a person with active lesions, inoculation via Secondary syphilis a needlestick injury, or through infected blood Treponema pallidum disseminates through the transfusion. The rash is non- million new cases among adults, with most ulcerative and generally, not itchy (on dark skin, it occurring in South and Southeast Asia, followed may appear grey in colour). The • At the same time large, raised, fleshy white/grey incidence of syphilis has fallen in Western lesions (condylomata lata) appear on moist areas industrialized countries since the second world war, including the perineum, axilla and groin – these and apart from a rise in the early eighties, there are highly infectious. Relapses may occur during which transmission • Individuals who are most sexually active of syphilis is possible. Features of late latent syphilis are: One third of patients with untreated late latent • no relapses; syphilis have no recurrence of illness and remain • immunity to new infections of primary syphilis; symptomless for the rest of their lives and syphilis • no risk of horizontal sexual transmission; can only be detected through standard serological • vertical and blood borne transmission can still tests. A further third of patients with late latent occur; and syphilis not only remain symptomless as in the first • detectable through serological tests for syphilis. The final third develop Tertiary syphilis is noninfectious and can be treated, tertiary syphilis. It may take the form of: Diagnosis of early syphilis • neurological syphilis: asymptomatic infection, • Microscopic examination of serum from a diagnosed by abnormal cerebrospinal fluid findings primary lesion on lumbar puncture. Note: If serological tests are positive for syphilis Risk factors for contracting syphilis and there is an inadequate history of previous Page 212 Module 7, Part I treatment, the patient should be treated. Methods of treatment Contact tracing of primary syphilis Early syphilis Trace all sexual partners within 3 months preceding Bicillin 800 000 units intramuscularly daily for 10- the diagnosis or onset of symptoms, whichever is 14 days (contains Procaine Penicillin G) or earlier. Doxycycline 200mg daily for 14 days if allergic to Penicillin or Benzathine Penicillin 2. Treatment in pregnancy Contact tracing of late syphilis Bicillin 800 000 units intramuscularly daily for 10– Sexual transmission at this stage does not occur, 14 days or Erythromycin 500 mg four times daily and vertical transmission is unusual after 2 years. Treatment in late syphilis or early syphilis with Follow-up neurological involvement.

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The oral lesions usually coalesce buy nolvadex 10mg without prescription pregnancy leg pain, forming are mucocutaneous lesions buy 10mg nolvadex free shipping premier women's health henderson nc, cardiovascular slightly raised, painless, firm, and round nodules lesions, and neurosyphilis. The oral lesions of have a tendency to ulcerate and are usually l ate syphilis include gummas, atrophic glossitis, located on the commissures and buccal mucosa and interstitial glossitis. Papular syphilides and mucous patches are always associated with bilat- Gumma eral regional lymphadenopathy. Gumma is a syphilitic granulomatous lesion that originates as a subcutaneous mass secondarily Condylomata Lata extending both to the epithelium and the deeper In moistened skin areas, the eroded papular tissues. Gumma appears initially as a painless syphilides have the tendency to coalesce and to elastic tumor that has a tendency to necrose, hypertrophy, forming elevated, vegetating, or forming a characteristic stringy mass. The sites of are the perigenital-perianal area, axillae, sub- predilection are the legs, scalp, face, and chest. Condylomata lata Gummas are frequently located on the hard rarely appear in the oral cavity, usually at the palate, which they may destroy and perforate corners of the mouth and the palate (Fig. They may also involve the soft palate They are painless, slightly exophytic, multiple and rarely other oral regions. Bacterial Infections Atrophic Glossitis Congenital Syphilis The tongue is frequently involved in late syphilis. Congenital (prenatal) syphilis is transmitted by Clinically, there is atrophy of the filiform and the mother to the fetus in utero. It is classified as fungiform papillae, and the dorsum becomes early if the disease manifests before age 2 years, smooth and atrophic. Vasculitis finally ending in late if it becomes apparent after age 2 years, and an obliterative endarteritis is the process underly- stigmata, which are developmental changes with- ing these changes. Atrophic syphilitic glossitis may lead to the The most common stigmata are high-arched development of leukoplakia and squamous cell palate, short mandible, rhagades at the commis- carcinoma (Fig. Clinically, the upper central permanent solitary gumma or most commonly as a diffuse incisors are widely spaced and shorter than the gummatous infiltration, which heals spontane- lateral incisors. This is the and at the biting surfaces are usually smaller than result of contracture of the lingual musculature at the gingival margins (Fig. The tongue appears surfaces may be present as a result of defective smoothly lobulated with irregular deep fissures enamel. The schedules and dosages are internationally established and depend on the narrower on their occlusal surfaces and have stage of the disease. Bacterial Infections Chancroid Gonococcal Stomatitis Chancroid is an acute venereal disease caused by Gonorrhea is a common venereal disease caused Hemophilus ducreyi, a Gram-negative bacillus. It occurs at all ages and affects both States and occurs most frequently in underde- sexes. Gonorrhea is sexually transmitted and veloped countries, especially in communities with involves the genitals, the anal canal, the pharynx, poor hygiene. Genital and perianal regions are most and pharyngitis are the result of fellatio and are commonly affected. Oral lesions, which occur more common in prostitutes and homosexual after orogenital contact, are extremely rare. Gonococcal stomatitis is rare without an incubation period of 2 to 5 days, the disease specific clinical signs. The oral mucosa is red, begins as a small red papule or macule that soon inflamed, and the patient complains of itching and becomes pustular and finally ulcerates. Rarely, erosions and ulcers covered with lesions of chancroid are not pathognomonic. It is covered with a gray-whitish exudate and or patchy erythema and edema with or without is surrounded by a red halo. The differential diagnosis includes aphthous ulcer, The differential diagnosis includes streptococcal traumatic ulcer, primary and secondary syphilis. Oral lesions are self-limited and col- addition, the combination of sulfamethoxazole onization disappears within 3 months. Penicillin, and trimethoprim or other antibiotics are effec- tetracycline, amoxicillin, and ampicillin in differ- tive. The surface of the ulcer is vegetating and usually covered by a gray-yellowish exudate. The dorsal surface of the tongue is most commonly affected, followed by the palate, buccal mucosa, and lips (Figs. Rarely, a tuberculous ulcer of the oral cavity may be the only manifestation of an otherwise silent tuberculosis. Tuberculous osteomyelitis of the jaws and periapical tubercu- lous granuloma may also occur. The lips, buccal mucosa, Clinicians should remember that tuberculosis gingiva, and palate are the sites of predilection. Histopathologic examination is The differential diagnosis includes squamous cell essential in establishing the final diagnosis, along carcinoma, syphilis, systemic mycoses, lym- with radiographs. Laboratory tests for the diagnosis of tuberculosis Leprosy are histopathologic examination, cultures, and a tuberculin skin test. Chest radiographs frequently Leprosy is a chronic, contagious, systemic reveal pulmonary tuberculosis. Therapy consists of systemic anti- person and has a long incubation period, ranging tuberculous drugs and is best left to the specialist from 2 to 6 years. Leprosy, by clinical, bac- Lupus Vulgaris teriologic, immunologic, and histopathologic Lupus vulgaris is the most common form of criteria, is classified as tuberculoid, lepromatous, secondary tuberculosis of the skin. Oral manifesta- observed in persons with a moderate or high tions appear usually in lepromatous leprosy and degree of tuberculin sensitivity. Clinically, oral usually appear most frequently on the head and lesions are manifested as multiple nodules (lep- neck, followed by the extremities. Clinically, oral lesions ally found on the soft and hard palate, uvula, begin as a collection of small red nodules that dorsum of the tongue, lips, and gingiva (Figs. Destruction of the front part of the tion, there is an inflammatory swelling that grows maxilla and loss of teeth may also occur. As the lesion pro- The differential diagnosis of oral lesions includes gresses, multiple abscesses and draining sinuses tertiary syphilis, cicatricial pemphigoid, lethal form, usually on the skin of the face and upper midline granuloma, lymphomas, systemic neck (Fig. Yellow purulent material that mycoses, traumatic lesions, and malignant neo- represents colonies of Actinomyces (sulfur plasms. As Laboratory tests helpful in establishing the diag- the disease becomes chronic, healing of old lesions nosis are bacteriologic and histopathologic exami- results in scar formation, but new abscesses and nations, and the lepromin skin test. Dapsone is the cornerstone of ment may be severe and usually is associated with therapy, but other medications, such as rifampin trismus. The differential diagnosis includes tuberculosis, systemic mycoses, nocardiosis, dental and Actinomycosis periodontal abscess, and other nonspecific infec- tions. Actinomycosis is a chronic granulomatous infecti- Laboratory tests to establish the diagnosis are ous disease caused by the anaerobic Gram-posi- direct bacteriologic examination and culture. Penicillin is the drug of choice, but cosis is the most common form of the disease and erythromycin or tetracycline may be utilized in oral manifestations are part of this form. It is assumed that oral actinomy- cosis occurs as an endogenous infection and that trauma in the oral cavity, such as wounds of the oral mucosa, tooth extraction, and fractures, is necessary to initiate the disease. In addition, open necrotic dental pulp may be the site of entrance of the bacterium.