We report a case of successfully managed invasive, thoracoabdominal actinomycosis caused by the intraperitoneal spillage of gallstones during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The infected gallstones traversed the diaphragm, migrated into the lung parenchyma, and obstructed a segmental bronchus, causing pneumonia. Treatment involved retrieval of the obstructing stone, debridement and drainage of the pleuroperitoneal phlegmon/abscess, and intravenous antibiotics. The case illustrates the need to remove gallstones at the time of cholecystectomy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine