Background/Aims: Simultaneous ureteric and rectal stricture due to pelvic actinomycosis is very rare and only a few cases of either rectal or ureteric stricture have been reported. Our aim is to report a case of stricture of the rectum and the right ureter due to pelvic actinomycosis infection in a 63-year-old man. Methods: Explorative laparotomy and biopsies of the inflammatory pelvic mass were the only procedures that led to the definitive diagnosis of actinomycosis. Temporary diverting colostomy, drainage of the right ureter by a pigtail catheter and postoperative treatment with appropriate antibiotics were successful in eradicating the inflammatory process. Conclusions: Extensive pelvic masses involving pelvic viscera should be biopsied before undertaking any major surgery because of the possibility of pelvic actinomycosis. Copyright (C) 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel.
- Actinomycosis, pelvic