Cite this page: Actinomycosis. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://pathologyoutlines.com/topic/cervixactinomycosis.html. Accessed April 26th, 2017.
Definition / General
- Actinomycetes normally reside in the female genital tract, so presence does not indicate disease (Am J Obstet Gynecol 1999;180:265)
- Associated with IUDs with colonization rate of 11%, increases with duration of use (J Reprod Med 1994;39:585, IPPF Med Bull 1983;17:1)
- Less common than pseudoactinomycotic radiate granules that form around microorganisms or biologically inert substances
- Tangled clumps of gram positive filamentous organisms, often with acute angle branching, sometimes showing irregular wooly appearance
- Swollen filaments may be seen with clubs at periphery
- Often cotton ball-like acute inflammatory response