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July 1987

Cervicofacial Actinomycosis

Author Affiliations

Norfolk, Va
Portsmouth, Va

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(7):777. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860070091025

To the Editor.—The case report Yeager et al1 entitled "Actinomycosis in the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome-Related Complex," which appeared in the December 1986 issue of the Archives, left several queries unanswered and failed to give concrete support to the authors' claims. In the article, the authors state that, to their knowledge, this is the first case reported of a patient with positive antibody to human T-cell lymphotropic virus type III (recently renamed human immunodeficiency virus) affected with cervicofacial actinomycosis. Could not this be because the condition itself is a rarity and reports of infected individuals are scarce? This condition has been around for years, but because of improved hygiene and better medical care, the incidence of the disease has been reduced further. It can affect any individual but, due to the rarity of the condition, cases reported become fascinating and its association with other conditions is highlighted.

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